Nursing regulators release ‘Medical Assistance in Dying Guidelines for Nurses in Alberta’

A new document, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) Guidelines for Nurses in Alberta, will supersede all previous information provided to Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses on the subject.

The Guideline includes a legislative overview and background of Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada. Additionally, the eligibility, safeguards and provincial requirements are also included to create a framework from which the guidelines stem.

Download MAID Guideline

The document was collaboratively developed by the Tri-Nursing Group (the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta). CLPNA’s Council approved it on March 23, 2017.

The Guideline unpacks key information of interest to LPNs, including:

  • Eligibility and Provision of Medical Assistance in Dying
  • The Nurses Role
  • Communication with the Client and Family
  • Aiding with Medical Assistance in Dying
  • No Obligation to Aide with Medical Assistance in Dying
  • Independent Witness
  • Documentation

Comprehensive information from Alberta Health Services for patients, family members, health professionals, or to contact the provincial MAID Care Team is also available.

RELATED – Alberta Health Services – Medical Assistance in Dying

The Guidelines were developed with internal and external stakeholder feedback inclusive of CLPNA consultants and directors, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health, legal and the CARNA member feedback collected in their circulation of the guidelines for member feedback (a CARNA requirement).

On June 17, 2016, the federal government enacted legislation allowing for the provision of medical assistance in dying in certain circumstances in Canada. As a result, the amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada (RCS 1985, c. C-46) sets out the circumstances when medical assistance is dying will not be considered a criminal offence.

Questions? Contact CLPNA’s Practice Consultants at, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).