Ethical Arguments Of Euthanasia

Nurses provide patient care while staying within legal and ethical boundaries. Each nurse has different values that they live and provide care by. Nurses often face moral distress in the healthcare field. Ethical dilemmas can cause a healthcare provider or nurse to feel anguish and moral distress when providing care. Dilemmas such as reproductive rights, patient freedom, honesty vs. information, the right to die, and euthanasia can make a nurse evaluate their own values and beliefs. The right-to-die and euthanasia both have been subjects of many debates all over the world for many years. The right-to-die is considered the right to refuse extraordinary measures that extend someone’s life when they are terminally ill. Euthanasia is administering …show more content…
Quaghebeur and the others aimed to examine the argument by reviewing argument-based ethics literature (2009). Their review took place in four steps; focused questions, research based on those questions, then evaluation the ethical arguments of euthanasia, and finally the conclusion and results. The team also looked into how euthanasia relates to four principals of medical ethics. The principals included respect for autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice (Quaghebeur, …show more content…
I believe that both topics should be discussed in depth. I think there should be strict guidelines to both options but I think it should be available to select patients. I believe that terminally ill patients should have the choice to die with dignity. The right-to-die and the choice-to-die affects the field of nursing by possibly causing moral distress in nurses. Euthanasia should only be available to mentally competent terminally ill patients that are suffering. Euthanasia should not be available to mentally incompetent people because they might not fully understand the irreversible affect of assisted suicide. I do not believe any nurse or physician should be forced to provide a lethal dose of medication. Healthcare providers should not have to go against their own values to provide care. The right-to-die and euthanasia are connected because your first must have the right to die to request medically assisted suicide. Many law makers are considering allowing healthcare providers to aid in the dying process. I believe the opportunity would allow many more patients to die with

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