Medical Assistance in Dying - Update for LPNs

On June 17, 2016, Bill C-14, legislation on Medical Assistance in Dying, received Royal Assent and is now in force across Canada.  
LPNs can be involved in assisting with Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) after the SALPN has developed the applicable practice guideline.
 
At this time, LPNs should consult with the SALPN practice team for advice if requested to assist with Medical Assistance in Dying.
 
The SALPN staff are currently working with representatives of other provincial regulatory bodies, Ministry of Health, regional health authorities and other organizations to review the final version of the legislation and develop specific guidance. The SALPN is currently in the process of determining the role of the LPN in Medical Assistance in Dying at this point in time, and will provide membership updates as we find out more details.
 
LPNs may raise a conscientious objection or decline participation in circumstances where they do not have the knowledge or ability to safely provide Medical Assistance in Dying. LPNs must ensure that the patient receives continuity of care and is referred to access this assistance through other means.
 
In the interim, we ask that you contact the Practice Department @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss any specific requests you receive for providing Medical Assistance in Dying.

Helen Bourget                                                   Jennifer Kanciruk
Practice Consultant                                         Practice Consultant
(306)525-8077                                                    (306)525-8029