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The Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS®) is a not-for-profit society that offers legal advice, risk management services, legal assistance and professional liability protection related to nursing practice to eligible Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners.
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Released June 6, 2016, updated June 17, 2016

Medical Assistance in Dying:
What Every Nurse Should Know

On January 15, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada suspended the operation of its declaration in Carter v. Canada permitting physician-assisted death until June 6, 2016 to allow the government to respond to its decision.

The federal government has since drafted Bill C-14 An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying), which will become the law governing medical assistance in dying [“MAID”] (also referred to as physician-assisted death) in Canada. Bill C-14 has been passed by the House of Commons and Senate and will become law when it receives Royal Assent. Please check back for further updates on the status of Bill C-14.

What does this mean for nurses in Canada? Nurses have always been central care providers in end-of-life care. There are two scenarios to consider, for nurse practitioners [“NPs”] and registered nurses [“RNs”]:

 For nurse practitioners:

1)  Since Bill C-14 did NOT pass into law by June 6, 2016, what does this mean for NPs?

2)  Once or if Bill C-14 becomes law, what does this mean for NPs?

For registered nurses (and other nursing professions):

1)  Since Bill C-14 did NOT pass into law by June 6, 2016, what does this mean for RNs?

2)  Once or if Bill C-14 becomes law, what does this mean for RNs?

General Q & A:  More answers to some pressing questions*

 

* If you have more questions that are not addressed in this briefing, please send them to info@cnps.ca, and we will include the answers in an updated version.

 
UPCOMING WEBINARS AND EVENTS

Update on Medical Assistance in Dying  

Update on the new law of Medical Assistance in Dying
Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

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La technologie et les médias sociaux
Mercredi, 7 septembre 2016, 12 h à 13 h HE

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Legal Risks for New Grads
Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT


IMPORTANT NEWS

June 13, 2016
CNPS 2015 Annual Report  Read more...

March 1, 2016
CNPS welcomes CRNBC and nurses of British Columbia  Read more...

March 1, 2016
The Special Joint Committee’s Report to the House of Commons and the Senate on Medical Assistance in Death includes recommendations that will protect nurses  Read more...

February 24, 2016
CNPS to assist nurses with college complaints (regulatory matters)  Read more...

February 17, 2016
Physician-assisted death: What does this mean for nurses?  Read more...

January 27, 2016
CNPS Special Joint Committee submission on physician-assisted death Read more...

November 27, 2015
Understanding the CNPS Advantage: Did you know? The CNPS is different from any other provider of individual professional liability protection for nurses in Canada. Read more...

January 1, 2015
CNPS Announces Greater Access to Professional Liability Protection for all Canadian Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners   Read more...

 

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  You can request written confirmation that you are eligible to receive CNPS' Professional Liability Protection.

 

 

Contact the CNPS at
1-844-4MY-CNPS
or 1-800-267-3390

   

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