Assisted Suicide for the Terminally Ill: A Manager's Perspective
A manager of a Cancer Center analyzes the legal, ethical and business-related considerations concerning a nurse's role in physician assisted suicide.
# 153067 | 1,297 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 |
Published on May 02, 2013 in Business (Administration) , Medical and Health (Nursing) , Hot Topics (Euthanasia)
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This paper is written from the perspective of the manager of a Cancer Center in a hospital who outlines the vast implications and potential repercussions of a nurse's involvement in assisted suicide. The paper explores the legal issues regarding physician assisted suicide (PAS) including the differences in law between different states, the ethical considerations of PAS, and finally, the paper discusses the business-related ramifications of the nurse's proposed action. This paper concludes with this manager's personal conviction that a patient has the right to a dignified death and so he is even willing to face potential incrimination as a third party to PAS.
From the Paper:"As the manager of a Cancer Center at a small suburban hospital, I am approached by Nancy---a particularly compassionate nurse---regarding her distress over the quality of life of Ms Jones, one of our terminal cancer patients. Ms Jones is a 30 year-old single mother whose health is rapidly declining, with little to no hope of recovery. Nurse Nancy confides in me that she has decided to issue Ms. Jones a potentially lethal dose of narcotics at the time of her next treatment, as she feels this would be kinder than to allow her suffering to continue. While I agree with Nancy that she might be right---it would be kinder---it is my responsibility as manager of the Cancer Center to inform her of the vast implications and potential repercussions of this proposed action.
"To begin, the Patient Bill of Rights states that patients have the right to make informed decisions regarding their treatment, to include the refusal of treatment, within the boundaries of the law. In regards to Ms. Jones, it would therefore be a violation of her patient rights to administer a lethal dose of narcotics without her knowledge. Has Nancy discussed this proposed action with Ms. Jones? Has Ms. Jones express a wish for Nancy to end her life at any time?"
Sample of Sources Used:
- American Cancer Society. (2009). Patient's Bill of Rights. Retrieved December 9, 2010, from http://www.cancer.org/treatment/findingandpayingfortreatment/ understandingfinancialandlegalmatters/patients-bill-of-rights
- American Hospital Association. (1992). A Patient's Bill of Rights. Retrieved December 9, 2010 from http://www.patienttalk.info/AHA-Patient_Bill_of_Rights.htm
- Euthanasia. (2010). Assisted Suicide Laws by State. Retrieved December 8, 2010 from http://www.euthanasia.com/bystate.html
- Oregon Department of Human Services. (2007). Death With Dignity Act. Retrieved December 9, 2010 from http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/pas/ors.shtml
- Showalter, J.S. (2007). The Law of Healthcare Administration, 5th ed. Chicago. Health Administration Press.
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