The increasing attention to assisted suicide, as evidenced by recent legislation, initiatives, court decisions, and research, propels the issue to a new level of importance and urgency within society and the health professions. Nurses cannot help but be confronted by and struggle with the complex moral and professional quandaries related to assisted suicide. Critical care nurses must continue to evaluate the implications of the possible legalization of assisted suicide and to define the boundaries of morally acceptable professional practice. The challenges to the roles and responsibilities of critical care nurses that might occur if assisted suicide were legalized must be thoughtfully and responsibly explored.

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