Nursing and Assisted Suicide

This 4 page paper looks at the issues of assisted suicide by a nurse in the US. Using the fictitious case of a terminal cancer sufferer the issues is discussed by looking at the relevance of the Patient Bill Of Rights, as well as ethical, legal and business perspectives. The paper ends by considering potential actions of a nurse’s manager if the nurse considered taking part in an assisted suicide. The bibliography cites 2 sources.

The Right to Die

This is an 8 page paper discussing the medical and legal issues involved with a patient’s “right to die”. The “right to die” for a patient has long been considered an ethical issue and was not considered feasible until modern medicine and laws allowed for the possibility of patients to consider physician assisted suicide. Supporters of physician assisted suicide believe that patients have the right to make their own informed decisions about their medical treatment which may include physician assisted suicide if they are suffering and have a terminal illness. Opponents believe that to legally allow for physician assisted suicide begins the path down a slippery slope and in cases where comatose patients are considered does not protect the most vulnerable members of society when family members and physicians decide their fate where other factors not for the sake of the patient, such as financial concerns, are weighed against what is considered an acceptable level of life. Physician assisted suicide does exist however and in all cases, several issues must be addressed to respect the patient’s medical options, informed decision making, psychological well being, and in some cases the right to chose death over circumstance which should not be denied by the courts. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Nursing / Ethical Issues Concerning Assisted Suicide

A 5 page essay exploring a nurse's experience with patients requesting assisted suicide. The writer describes the experience from a firsthand perspective and then presents the position held by the American Nursing Association on this controversial issue. The ANA is opposed to assisted suicide but the writer reports feeling a strong desire to help one particular patient in their quest to end suffering and die-- This ethical dilemma is discussed in great detail. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Assisted Suicide

This 5 page report discusses various ethical issues associated with assisted suicide. The debate has generally centered around both the moral and legal issues of the process. The central argument for assisted suicide is based on respect for the patients' autonomy. The main argument against assisted suicide is the belief in the inherent sacredness of life and that God only has the right to end one's life. The ethical questions surrounding the care of terminally ill patients often focus on when treatment should be withheld or withdrawn. A case study regarding a paralyzed but mentally competent adult, African-American man and a severely disabled newborn is also considered. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Ethics Of Euthanasia

The debate over the ethical aspects of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide (PAS) has grown since the trial and conviction of it’s foremost proponent: Dr. Kavorkian. There are those on both sides of the issue that feel strongly, either from a philosophical or ethical/moral standpoint. This 8 page paper gives a brief overview of the issue and presents the opposing viewpoints. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

The Ethical Side of Physician Assisted Suicide

8 pages. The topics of physician-assisted suicide as well as active and passive euthanasia have been debated for many years. This paper focuses on the ethical side of the issues and demonstrates the practical application of ethical methods to the moral issues in healthcare. The conclusion is a morally defensible and well-defined deduction based upon the facts presented herein. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

Arguments For and Against Assisted Suicide

This 5 page paper plus 1 page outline looks at the arguments for and against assisted suicide. The thesis of the paper is that that, whilst it is important to have as many safeguards as possible to ensure that assisted suicide is used correctly, the availability of assisted suicide in controlled condition may be seen as adding value to human life rather than devaluing life. In this way it may reduce suffering and increase the value that is placed on the quality as well as quantity of human life. The bibliography cites 6 sources.


This 5 page paper deals with the issue of euthanasia, or physician assisted suicide from the standpoint of the philosopher John Stuart Mill. Given Mill's standing on individual liberties, the humanity inherent in physican assisted suicide is supported by cited examples from Mill's work, On Liberty, and his Utilitarianism theories. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Nursing & AIDS

5 pages detailing issues concerning nursing and AIDS patients. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

The Supreme Court And Doctor-Assisted Suicide

5 pages in length. Within the past year, the Supreme Court has had to grapple with many controversial issues and decide accordingly the best way to appease both the law and the public. Its current decision about whether to include doctor-assisted suicide within the boundaries of the law was monumental and unprecedented. The writer offers an opinionated paper discussing the widely awaited decision allowing individual states to conclude for themselves whether to permit doctor-assisted suicides. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Ethics & Social Philosophy / Application of Ethical and Social-Political Theories and the Issue of Assisted Suicide

A 6 page paper that considers the issue of assisted suicide and applies ethical and social-political theories to this controversial issue. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Public Policy: Right To Die

Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide is a moral issue that raises strong feelings, impacts other social systems such as politics, economics and ideology and involves a number of differing groups and opinions. This 8 page paper discusses the use of incrementalism, elite theory and group theory as it applies to public policy concerning right to die issues. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Nursing Management and Nursing Shortages: The Ethics in Patient Care

This 8 page paper considers the issue of nursing shortages in nursing management and assesses the ethical implications of the use of nursing assistants and certified nurses aides in place of nurses. This paper considers the management issues as well as the ethical problems that stem from this type of focus, and also attempts to address solutions to improving patient care even in the midst of nursing shortages. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

ANA : Code for Nursing

An 8 page paper which illustrates some of the most recent concerns involving the ANA Code for Nursing. This is a document that was designed in 1976 and it sets forth all of the ethical concerns that nurses should consider when performing their duties as nurses. The focus of the paper centers around the issues that are not included in the ANA Code for Nurses. The most prevalent issues addressed are the consideration of nurses who wish to have a choice in whether to quit a case or not, issues involving new health care plans, and issues involving euthanasia. For the most part the ANA Code for Nurses addresses the needs of the patient and not the nurse. As a result of the lack of attention that the nurses have in relationship to this document, and in relationship to areas where the document has proven insufficient, many states and organizations have added to the ANA Code and implemented additional codes. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Factors that Lead to Suicide

6 pages. Teen suicide, adult suicide, and assisted suicide are all discussed in this contemporary and somber fact-filled paper. What leads to suicide and why would one actually choose to end their life? There are many reasons, and to some people suicide is the only answer to the myriad problems in their lives. This paper sheds some light on the reason behind the growing number of suicides each year. Bibliography lists 5 sources.