GERMAN NURSES, EUTHANASIA AND TERMINAL CARE: A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE.

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  • Author(s): Giese, Constanze
  • Source:
    Nursing Ethics. Mar2009, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p231-237. 7p.
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      The nursing profession in Germany is facing a public debate on legal and ethical questions concerning euthanasia on request and physician-assisted suicide. However, it seems questionable if the profession itself, individual nurses or the professional associations are prepared to be involved in such a public debate. To understand this hesitation, the present situation is considered in the light of the tradition and history of professional care in Germany. Obedience to medical as well as to religious authorities was long part of nurses' professional identity, but is no longer relevant. The lack of reflection and discussion on how to take a balanced view of ethical and political questions concerning nursing, and the role and responsibility of nurses in end-of-life decisions and situations of caring for dying people are discussed using the situation of nurses in the Netherlands as a comparison. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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