Assisted Suicide

Assisted suicide is an extremely controversial topic in the news. As nurses we must have a personal as well as professional ethical code of conduct. However, it is inevitable that in our career we will experience this situation. The only state to legalize this practice is Oregon. From an ethical stand point, if I had to administer the lethal dose to a dying patient, I would be religously torn, even though it would relieve the patient of their suffering. This is why studying the legal and ethical subject of pharmacology is so important. It helps us to understand the broad spectrum that medications are used for.

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