Hippocratic Oath

While the Hippocratic Oath clearly states a position on physician-assisted suicide, some physicians choose to aid patients in taking life-ending measures.

To prepare for this Discussion, research the laws associated with physician-assisted suicide.

By Day 4

Post a comprehensive response to the following:

  • What is your state’s or province’s position on physician-assisted suicide?
  • Does your state or province differ from others? If so, why?
  • What is your opinion concerning physician-assisted suicide? Would you ask a physician to assist in your suicide if you had a terminal illness?
  • Does a patient have the right to determine how they want to die? Support your response using ethical principles.
  • If the patient doesn’t have a living will and is incapacitated, who would be legally responsible to make the decision to end the patient’s life? If you were the patient, how would you feel about that person making the decision for you?

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

Note: Initial postings must be 250-350 words (not including references).




Assignment: Preparing for the End

“It’s all about how you LIVE.”

This is how Caring Connections, a national advanced directive awareness program run by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), eloquently sums up the steps for preparing for the end.

  • Learn about options
  • Implement a plan
  • Voice the plan to others
  • Engage others to LIVE

While the decisions can be difficult, preparing for the end is an activity that has to happen before it is needed.

To prepare for this Assignment, research your state’s or province’s laws regarding end-of-life advanced directives such as do-not-resuscitate orders, durable power of attorney for health care, and living wills.

Complete at least one of the end-of-life advanced directives listed above. (You do not need to turn this in.)

To complete this Application, write a 2- to 3-page paper, which addresses the following:

  • What types of end-of-life advance directives does your jurisdiction allow? How did you find the documents allowed by your state or province?
  • After completing the document, assess your feelings about the process. What factors contributed to you selecting the specific document you completed?
  • What legal issues did you consider when you were completing the document?
  • What ethical factors and principles did you consider when completing the documents?

Your written assignments must follow APA guidelines. Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and additional scholarly sources as appropriate. Refer to the Essential Guide to APA Style for Walden Students to ensure your in-text citations and reference list are correct.



Judson, K., & Harrison, C. (2016). Law and ethics for the health professions. (7th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

    • Chapter 12, “Death and Dying”

Making medical decisions can often be a difficult process- balancing various therapeutic approaches, technical options, financial factors, and personal wishes. This chapter explores how medical decision making can be even more complicated when it involves end-of-life issues.

Medical Law, Ethics, and Bioethics for the Health Professions

    • Chapter 16, “End of Life Issues”

This chapter takes another look at the ethical challenges that end-of-life issues can pose.


    • Appendix II, “Sample Documents for Choices about Health Care, Life, and Death”

This appendix offers some examples of useful documents that can facilitate medical planning and decision making.


Laureate Education (Producer). (2010). Ethical and legal issues in healthcare: End of life issues [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu


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