Analysis Of The Article ' Case Twenty Three : A Hand On A Cooling Brow

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There are many perspectives in society of how one nurtures and values their life. In the article “Case Twenty-three: A Fevered Hand on a Cooling Brow – The Nurse’s Role in Aid-in-Dying” by Peggy Connolloy, David R. Keller, Martin G. Leever and Becky Cox White discuss a sensitive topic of aid-in-dying. Terminally ill persons depend on nurses and physicians to reduce their pain and suffering. Unfortunately, not all individuals are able to recover due to the severity of their illness; therefore, assisting suicide is a quick option. Aid-in-dying also known as assisting suicide that is voluntary consuming of a lethal medication prescribed by a physician for that purpose. Two opposing philosophers Emmanuel Kant and Jeremy Bentham theories will be used to relate to the article of the nurse’s role in aid-in-dying. Bentham’s theory is most effective when finding a solution to the dilemma revolving around aid-in-dying because a life decision is based on the overall moral consequence whether the action is wrong in doing so. This article focuses on the nature and role of how nurses cope with their patients request on assist suicide also know as euthanasia. A common question nurses are often asked are “how long do I have to live?” therefore nurses are required to listen, report and explain patients request to other nurses and physicians as well as lend support to the patient and patients family. The Nurse’s Association supported four moral oppositions to assisted suicide by nurses,…
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