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  1. Nurse practitioners acting as assessors or assessor-prescribers for medical assistance in dying must:

    a.

    possess demonstrated knowledge of and function within the parameters and criteria of the Criminal Code and other legislation, regulations, BCCNM standards, and provincial and organizational policy and procedures related to medical assistance in dying.

    b.

    have the competence appropriate to their role, including to:

     

    i.

     diagnose or confirm the diagnosis of a grievous and irremediable medical condition and, if applicable, the prognosis of reasonably foreseeable death

     

    ii.

     assess the client against criteria in the Criminal Code related to medical assistance in dying

     

    iii.

     assess the capacity of the client to consent to medical assistance in dying and determine when it is necessary to refer for further capacity assessment, and

     

    iv.

     implement the provincial medical assistance in dying substances protocols and manage the intended and unintended outcomes.

    c.

    not participate in medical assistance in dying for themselves or a family member.

  2. To be eligible to act as an assessor, nurse practitioners must have completed additional education1 and a preceptorship under the guidance of a qualified practitioner with expertise in medical assistance in dying in order to acquire the needed competencies for eligibility assessment in medical assistance in dying.
  3. To be eligible to act as an assessor-prescriber, nurse practitioners must have completed additional education1 and a preceptorship under the guidance of a qualified medical practitioner or nurse practitioner with expertise in medical assistance in dying in order to acquire the needed competencies for both eligibility assessment and the provision of medical assistance in dying.

Footnotes

1 Additional education is structured education (e.g. workshop, course, program of study) designed so that nurse practitioners can attain the competencies required to carry out a specific activity as part of nurse practitioner practice. Additional education builds on the entry-level competencies of nurse practitioners, identifies the competencies expected of learners on completion of the education, includes both theory and application to practice, and includes an objective, external evaluation of learners’ competencies on completion of the education. The term does not refer to a course or program approved by BCCNM for BCCNM certified practice.

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