Year: 2004 Source: Journal of Advanced Nursing, v.46, no.3, (May 2004), p.270-278 SIEC No: 20041497

This article addresses ethical positions supporting & opposing rational suicide, & considers whether coherence in nursing practices can be achieved through an ethic of care. The authors find that nursing attitudes toward rational suicide are no different from general societal attitudes &, consequently, nurses are treading on uncertain moral ground. They argue that nurses who have not reflected on the ethics of rational suicide may be unprepared psychologically & professionally when working with patients contemplating such actions. (17 refs)