Lethal injection nurse??? - page 3

hi everyone, I just read that some states are looking into having nurses administer lethal injections to death row inmates. Since I have a questionable source my question will be hypothetical. ... Read More

  1. by   Hooligan
    As soon as I finish my program and get my RN, I'm standing in line!!!!
  2. by   pebbles
    All these bloodthirsty nurses....
  3. by   l-andre
    Tricky subject...

    I'm surprised at the reactions...
    I would never be able to do it personally. Even if I think for some really really extreme cases dead could be a sentence. I understand the "logic" behind it, but I don't like the feel of it. And I don't understand how it can fit a nurse's job description...
    I know we are involve in easing pain sometimes as close as euthanasia without saying it. If "euthanasia" is killing for humanitary reason, I suppose some could say the same for death sentences.
    Still..........
  4. by   GPatty
    Nope~ Couldn't do it.

    Vengenance is mine, sayeth the Lord.

    Julie
  5. by   Ted
    Originally posted by Julielpn
    Nope~ Couldn't do it.

    Vengenance is mine, sayeth the Lord.
    Ditto. . .

    Ted
  6. by   teeituptom
    Howdy Yall
    From deep in the heart of texas

    i certainly couldnt do it. even though I live in one of the executingnest states in the union.

    But I do have a question for yall.

    When a nurse starts this persons IV do they have to use sterile technique, to prevent the possibility of infection

    keep it in the short grass yall

    teeituptom
  7. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    Originally posted by teeituptom
    Howdy Yall
    From deep in the heart of texas

    i certainly couldnt do it. even though I live in one of the executingnest states in the union.

    But I do have a question for yall.

    When a nurse starts this persons IV do they have to use sterile technique, to prevent the possibility of infection

    keep it in the short grass yall

    teeituptom
  8. by   nightmoves
    Interesting discussion. Several years ago I worked for the NYS Department of Corrections, just at the time that a new governor was elected, primarily due to his pro-death penalty position (Please note: New York has not executed anyone since the death penalty was put back on the books, and in this state only 1) felony murder or 2) murder of a police or other law enforcement official are capital offenses.) At that time I recall a staff meeting with our nurse administrator who said that no role had been identified for a nurse in the execution process (even though our facility was not the designated "condemned" facility I find it interesting that he would stress this point.) The ANA Position Paper was cited during the course of this staff meeting.

    Several of us had the reaction of "Yeah, but I'll push the Norcuron first!" where the rest of us wanted no involvement in the entire mess.

    My personal take on this is that our legal system, while probably the best in the world in ensuring the criminal's rights, is, after all, flawed because all human activity is flawed. Nor have I ever considered the death penalty as the ultimate punishment. If you have ever smelled the stench of a Special Housing Unit (disciplinary unit) on an 85 degree day with an equal relative humidity, you would know what living hell is.

    Without entering into the presumed guilt or innocence of any particular condemned inmate, I would like to point out that the average cost to the taxpayer to execute an inmate, by the time legal appeals are exhausted, is in the average of $5 million dollars. This, of course, includes the cost of housing that inmate until execution, so it does not just reflect legal costs.

    I feel that a far better penalty is to lock them up and let them rot.
  9. by   ceecel.dee
    No, no, never, never, unh, unh, unhhh!
  10. by   susanmary
    Never.
  11. by   l.rae
    I just wouldn't have the stomach for it. When I was going for my Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner cert., the local prosecutor tol us that the average education of jurors is 8th grade level. I sat through a jury selection and oh brother! I think they under estimated that. Scary huh. Philosophically, I believe in the death penalty but I am against it because of the potential for error. Anyway my mom always says there are things worse than death. I believe there should be HARD labor camps for these animals.. They should wish for death. No cable tv no airconditioning etc etc. I'd be willing to be cracking the whip!
  12. by   catlady
    Physicians aren't being asked to administer lethal injections. It would violate their Hippocratic oath to do no harm.

    We should not have any lower standard for nursing. We aren't some cheap substitute so doctors don't dirty their hands.

    But I believe in capital punishment. Let the executioners who have always pulled the switch, dropped the gas tablets, tightened the noose, etc., continue their task, high-tech though it now is.
  13. by   Agnus
    Originally posted by l.rae
    the local prosecutor tol us that the average education of jurors is 8th grade level. I sat through a jury selection and oh brother! I think they under estimated that
    I wonder why. :stone

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