Essay on Euthanasia Is The Act Killing

798 Words Oct 31st, 2015 4 Pages
Euthanasia is the act killing another person using the least painful method with the intent of helping that person. It can be done through administering medications or performing other interventions. Health care professionals are required to provide quality care to patients with the patient’s best interest (Kranidiotis et all, 2015). Nurses provide more direct care to patients and they are usually the patients’ final advocates. As nurses, should we not advocate for the life of our patients? I intend to prove that Registered Nurses (RNs) should not allow death with dignity for their patients by honoring wishes for providing euthanasia measures because it is not ethical, not within nurses’ scope of practice and some cultures oppose to the act.
Ethics are to guide nurses in making better decisions when providing care for patients. It is vital for nurses to follow the code of ethics while implementing daily nursing care. According to Catalano, ethics are “declarations of what is right or wrong and of what ought to be” (Catalano, 2009). Autonomy and nonmaleficence are some of the ethical principles that discourage euthanasia. Autonomy is the patient’s right to make health care decisions for him or herself. However, autonomy is with limits when it interferes with another individual’s right or well-being. Although, patients have the right to choose their time of death, it is not suitable to a registered nurse to support or assist with the death of another human being. If a patient…

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