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Physician-Assisted Suicide Term Paper

Term Paper  |  2 pages (720 words)
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He shows why people who are seriously injured, and have "no hope" of recovery should not give up; they have a lot more to give to the world and the people that love them. If people have the "right" to die, what is the difference if they take their own life, or take another life? How is one life more important than another is? What gives anyone the "right" to die? They were put here on Earth to serve some purpose, and it was not a purpose to be cut short because they do not feel like being here any longer. Life is not easy, but it is better than the alternative, no matter what.

There is another thing that many people do not think about when they think about physician-assisted suicide, and that is someone who cannot make the decision on their own, and their relatives make it for them. "How can we make sure that no one will be pressed to end his or her life by self-interested relatives, friends, enemies, or caretakers?" (Van Den Haag 140). If they are pressured into committing suicide, no one would ever know, and it would not only be morally wrong, it would be horrible. People that even think about that are monsters. There is also the question of terminally ill children. The right to die laws are "limited to adults" (Carter 143), and so what happens if a child wants to commit suicide? Do they have the right to die, too?

Now, many states are looking at laws to allow people to commit physician-assisted suicide in their states. I think states that do this are wrong. People will come there just to die, and then what will happen to them? Will the state have to pay for their funeral and/or burial costs? If they are so ill, how will they get there?

There are too many unanswered questions about physician-assisted suicide, and too many moral issues for it to be a simple decision. Helping someone commit suicide is a felony, and I think it…… [read more]

Firelight in "The Night Term Paper

Term Paper  |  2 pages (690 words)
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That is firelight. It can burn you if you get too close, but it is oh so comforting if you can stay at just the right distance.

I think a good example of people who live in the firelight are old people. Often, when people get very old, they tend to live in their memories, and retreat into times past. They are in their own dream world of thoughts and memories that no one else really understands. Their future is uncertain at best, so they retreat into their past, where the outcome is certain, but dreams can change the facts. My grandfather was like that in the last years of his life. Often he would sit for hours, just staring ahead out of his nearly blind eyes, and he would obviously be lost in thought. He would not talk, but it was easy to see he was thinking about things, and remembering his life past. He could not really tell you what he was thinking about, but it was clear he was in that hypnotic state that comes from warmth, safety, and comfort. I did not understand his silences at the time, and now, it seems as if he had lived a long and good life, and he was eager to remember the good times. When you live in the firelight, you do not have to acknowledge reality, just as the young boy did not want to acknowledge his mother's voice. My grandfather was old, a widower, nearly blind, and dependent on others for his survival. In the firelight, he was young and vital again, and he did not have to face reality.

In conclusion, the firelight is a hypnotic and dreamlike state that can certainly become ambiguous. However, it is mostly a state of mind. They fire hypnotizes us with its warm and promise of comfort, and we are powerless in its grasp.


Wolff, Tobias. The Night in Question. New York: Alfred A. Knopf,…… [read more]

Plan for an Advanced Directive Workshop Research Paper

Research Paper  |  1 pages (329 words)
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Advanced Directive Health Promotion Plan

Advanced Directive Health Promotion Evaluation Plan

Advanced directives are an important health tool that could help preserve patient quality of life during the dying process and protect both patients and loved ones from unnecessary suffering. Hunter-Johnson (2014) describes the different elements that may constitute an advanced directive and why each could provide protection for the patient's care preferences. The intervention involves educational workshops combined with individual clinician-led assessment sessions, although it was unclear whether the intervention was based on prior research findings or what nursing theories were relevant. In addition, the content of the intervention was not mentioned, which would have been helpful for evaluating the potential effectiveness and relevance of the questions included in the survey instrument. The instrument content was adapted from surveys used by the AARP and another state agency, but it was unclear whether these survey instruments would be appropriate for not only the content of the intervention or the target population.

Other details that…… [read more]

Another Person's Perspective on Terri Schiavo Interview

Interview  |  2 pages (441 words)
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Euthanasia Worldview

The author of this response spoke to a young adult about the same age as the author. The author of this report agreed not to use the person's name in exchange for their brutal honesty and candor about what they thought about euthanasia. The interviewee noted that he is a Catholic. He cited the spiel that Catholics typically believe that suicide is a mortal sin and that means that the person would go straight to Hell. However, he noted that the fact that Terri was in a vegetative state would probably negate that. The respondent noted that he does not believe or agree in euthanasia or suicide but that he knows he cannot force others to believe or do the same way that he does. He also noted that he is not sure what he would do if he had terminal cancer or something like that and knew he was going to die.

The interviewee noted that he hated how the Terri Schiavo situation became such a media circus. He says the situation itself was complex and he understood that the husband of Terri and the parents of Terri had differing opinions. The interviewee noted that the biggest problem is that nobody could prove what Terri would have wanted. He said it was hard to say if the…… [read more]

PICO Revision Clinical Question A2 Coursework

A2 Coursework  |  1 pages (350 words)
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PICO Revision

Clinical Question

There is clear evidence that hospice services are being underutilized by advanced dementia patients in Lee County, Florida. Although patient/family- and organizational-barriers to hospice utilization can sometimes be substantial, clinician-associated barriers are theoretically preventable. The clinical question addressed by this quality improvement project is whether clinician exposure to evidence- and knowledge-based recommendations will improve clinician attitudes towards palliative and hospice services, thereby increasing hospice referral rates of patients suffering from advanced dementia.

The PICO format (patients, intervention, comparison, and outcome) is used to frame the clinical question (Clanton, 2014, p. 256-258); however, no comparison intervention or exposure will be used. The patient population will be physicians and DNPs caring for patient with a primary diagnosis of advanced dementia, who will evaluate the clinical efficacy of the ADEPP tool with respect to EOL care planning and prognosis determination. This includes patients with AD, vascular dementia, Lewy bodies dementia, and/or frontotemporal lobar degeneration (Alzheimer's Association, 2014, p. e49), who are residing in Lee County, Florida. The vast majority of these patients are expected…… [read more]