Quote from ninas
No, that's not my question at all. It's more of a quality of life issue. My original question was what role, if any, should a nurse play in assisted suicide? What if the patient, who is of sound mind and faculties, asks to die with dignity or without pain? How do you respond to that question?
Then you respond that they will be treated with dignity and you will see that thier pain it TREATED. ANd then do it.
I Have worked Hospice. I Have worked critical care, I have worked LTC. In every setting I have assisted patients and families though this. In every case they wanted dignity and to be without pain. Everyone wants dignity and to be comfortable.
Pain is treateable. If you do not know how then I suggest that you gain some education specific to this. JAHCO and the national pain initiative mandate that pain be adequately addressed and treated.
Treat the pain and this does not become an issue.
Depression can be treated. Pain can be treated. People can be treated with dignity.
If you are uncomfortable with someone's life that does not = poor quality of life.
When statements are made by patients like the above it is generated from fear that thier pain will not be treated.
You are very misinformed about what hospice is. your statement is a MYTH. An all too common one at times but a myth none the less.
I hope you are not working hospice. Please, learn more about hospice.