Lethal injection nurse???

  1. 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.

    Would this be a p/t job you would consider?
    How do you feel it fit/ or does not fit in to nursing?

    I have very mixed feeling about this, i feel alot of anger when I think of people like Susan Smith (she the one who droend her kids right?). But I would not like anger to be my primary moviation in this context.
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  2. 57 Comments

  3. by   kewlnurse
    I'd be applying in second.
  4. by   Agnus
    Sorry, no I would absolutely not.
    That is not to say that I am nessairaly against the death penalty.
  5. by   SICU Queen
    I don't know that I could do that (NOT implying that I'm against the death penalty)...

    I know, I know... hypocritical... kinda like eating the veal but not wanting to see the calf in the crate...
  6. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    ...not assist killing anyone...in anyway due to my religious beliefs. imho, killing death row inmates is still murder...state approved killing...but murder just the same.:imbar

    i don't think that i could even handle holding the hand of someone receiving the fatal injections as their nurse...i would be feeling helpless, guilty, & too broken-up over it. maybe i should reconsider that as we nurses are suppose to be our patients' advocate & tend to their emotional state of being as well as their physical...this is a really hard situation for me personally though.
  7. by   nurs4kids
    I'd be in line right behind kewlnurse! My BIBLE speaks of "an eye for an eye...". Personally though, I think it should be TWO eyes for an eye.
  8. by   Q.
    I am all for capital punishment; the only problem I see is that there have been times when an innocent man was on death row simply by the stupidity of the JURY.

    As far as this job: I probably wouldn't apply for it only because it probably pays like crap, and why do they need a registered nurse to adminster the injection, when we have MAs doing injections on people we are trying to SAVE in our clinics? Doesn't make sense.

    I once applied and interviewed for a job at Planned Parenthood. I was under the impression that the job was partly assisting with gyn, and partly assisting with abortions. When I interviewed I found that the job was 100% assisting with abortions. Now I am pro-choice, because of all the trash I have seen in Labor and Delivery, but even I couldn't take doing abortions day in and day out, all day long. I probably couldn't take giving lethal injections all day either, especially when I don't see why they need an RN to do this, yet have MAs doing RNs work in the public sector.
  9. by   hapeewendy
    I think it would be interesting, I used to wanna get into forensics and criminology stuff back in school, but I dont think I could be responsible for administering those type of drugs to anyone
    even if it was deserved , I'm for the death penalty, but not really sure about my feelings on the lethal injection side of it.....seems kinda easy , like they would just slip away or something
    I dunno , tricky subject good post
  10. by   nightingale
    I think I could do it.. but I would have to know the details and be sure the person were guilty (for my own peace of mind).

    # 3 in line after my sisters!

    FYI.. Correctional Nursing is usually good money.... It is considered a specialty....

    B.
  11. by   semstr
    Never, I am deadly (LOL) against death penalty.
    (We don't have it here, thank God)

    Take care, Renee
  12. by   eldernurse
    I am for the death penalty. I am not for nurses being anywhere involved in administering drugs that lead to a patient's (person's) death.
    When going for my BSN, I wrote a paper about the ethical involvement of nurses in Assisted Suicide. I am dead set against nurses administering a lethal injection to anyone. I wrote the case that any time you add a third party to anything like that, the chance of misinterpretation was too great. It is a doctor who need to be responsible for the life and death administration of life-ending meds. I wouldn't even want to hand someone a script for meds that I know is a lethal dose for self administration.
    However, I believe in assisted suicide, if the patient and doc agree. I just think that the third party, nurse, should be totally left out of it, (in prison, too).
  13. by   nur20
    Absolutely 100 % NO, NO, NO !!!!!! I am against the death penalty. Don't believe in taking what you can't give (OH, i forgot they are trying that too with cloning). I don't know how any nurse could do that in good conscious, however my husband says call him day, night, 24/7 365days a year and he will be there pushing any buttons ,injecting anything it takes to get the job done. Hmmmm maybe i'd better sleep with one eye open
  14. by   Teshiee
    Many of us don't like the fact MA'S are doing things that licensed nurses should be doing! But when a proposal of having a RN to do something of this magnitude some say let the MA's do it! Why don't they let the family members of the victim do it? Just a thought.

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