Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act 2016
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP), and nursing students in all roles and sectors across Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses' contributions to shaping the health system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve. RNAO appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on Bill 84, an Act to amend various Acts with respect to medical assistance in dying (MAID).
Summary of RNAO Recommendations
Recommendation 1. For RNs to be included in the language of the Bill to protect their participation in MAID by amending all sections of the various Acts, including section 2(1) and 13.8(1)(2) of the Excellent Care for All Act, 2010.
Recommendation 2. Proceed with giving nurse practitioners the authority to prescribe all controlled substances in accordance with federal regulations to ensure access to MAID.
Recommendation 3. That a section be added to include the duty to refer by physicians and nurse practitioners who have a conscientious objection
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