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IHP-420-X3057 Ethical & Legal Considerations 24EW3 7-1 Discussion: Considerations for Life for peer #2

THE DISCUSSION WAS:
Consider this module’s readings and create an original post that compares your professional and personal positions in terms of terminating life. What are the codes of ethics, professional regulations, and policies that support your professional position? Explain how to work through ideas when your professional and personal positions come into conflict.

BUT NOW I HAVE TO:
In your responses to at least two peers, suggest codes of ethics, professional regulations, or policies that contradict the position proposed in their post.

THE PEER SAID:

The ethics of the termination of life is a complex and touchy subject for many people. Both professionally and personally I think terminally ill individuals should have the right to decide when they would like to end their lives. Often terminally ill patients experience immense suffering at the end of their life due to pain which leads to a very poor quality of life. In addition, we should respect patients’ autonomy since they have to right to control their life and make their own healthcare decisions. It is very difficult on the patients family to watch their loved ones deteriorate into someone they do not recognize. In addition to an emotional toll, it takes a financial toll on the family due to medical expenses.

The death with dignity act was first passed in Oregon in 1997 legally allowing people with “terminal illness to voluntarily and legally request and receive a prescription medication from their physician to hasten their death in a peaceful, humane, and dignified manner” (Parrot, 2021). Since then, ten other states have followed in Oregon’s steps allowing for a dignified death with the help of medical professionals (Parrot, 2021). The terminally ill individual must meet certain criteria to be able to receive this service including being a resident of the state, being capable of making and communicating their healthcare wishes, diagnosis of a terminal illness with a prognosis of 6 months or less, and being capable of self-administering the medication (Parrot, 2021).

It can often be difficult when your professional and personal feelings differ. Although there can be conflict it is important to separate the two and think about what is in the best interest of the patient. I know often at work if I find something that I personally do not agree with I just remember that it is what my patient wants and they have the right to decided on their own medical decisions.

References

Parrot, C. (2021, December 12). FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. Retrieved February 22, 2024, from https://deathwithdignity.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/frequently-asked-questions-web.pdf#:~:text=Death%20with%20dignity%20is%20an%20end-of-life%20option%2C%20governed,death%20in%20a%20peaceful%2C%20humane%2C%20and%20dignified%20manner.

Required Resources:

Textbook: Medical Law and Ethics, Chapters 12 and 13

Chapter 12 guiding questions:

1. What are ethical considerations in healthcare related to life?
2. What are some rare genetic diseases?

Chapter 13 guiding questions:

1. What are ethical considerations in healthcare related to death and dying?
2. What is dignity, in relation to providing medical care with death?

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Review this article to explore ethical considerations of assisted dying requests from people in detention.

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Read this Shapiro Library article to consider implications for nursing in assisted dying.

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Review this Shapiro Library article to get a historical perspective on ethical debates related to reproductive medicine.

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