Document Type



Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor's Name

Linda Simunek

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Divina Grossman

Third Advisor's Name

Martha Pelaez

Date of Defense



Active voluntary euthanasia is one of the most controversial issues in the nursing and legal systems today. The purpose of this study was to explore hospice nurses' attitudes on active voluntary euthanasia (AVE). One hundred useable questionnaires were collected, for a response rate of 33%. The questionnaires included demographic data, four vignettes which described a patient care situation and possible responses to AVE, questions on awareness of organizations and legislation that promote legalization of AVE, and questions on adequate pain relief. The findings revealed fifty - three percent of the nurses supported AVE. Eighty - three per cent of the nurses would not administer the medication that would cause death. Also, there were significant relationships between the nurses' age, religion and educational level and their responses.



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Nursing Commons



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