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Education & Professional Development: Webinars

Medical Assistance in Dying: A Year in Review

It has been one year since Bill C-14 received Royal Assent, making Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) law throughout Canada. Today, nursing regulators, professional associations, educators, employers and nurses continue to work towards addressing the multifaceted implications of this law onnursing practice. Throughout this year, new guidelines and policies have been put in place by regulatory bodies and Regional Health Authorities to support the delivery and practice of MAiD. What are the current statistics? What does MAiD look like in practice? What are the continued challenges, and what does the future hold? Join us for a webinar as we discuss and answer these questions!

Webinar Goal

To provide participants with the most up-to-date information on the developments of MAiD across B.C., with a special focus in the context of nursing.


By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Understand the changes to the Criminal Code and how they came about.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding around the criteria and process for MAiD.
  3. Understand the role of the regulatory body within the context of MAiD, the current guidelines that exist for nurses and the implications of these guidelines on MAiD and nursing practice.
  4. Understand the role of the Regional Health Authorities, the current policies that exist and the implications of these polices on MAiD and nursing practice.
  5. Articulate the challenges that have surfaced over the past year and the continued challenges that exist within the context of MAiD.
  6. Understand the current developments and future implications of MAiD.



Laurel Plewes RN, BScN, MSN

Laurel is currently the Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Assisted Dying Program at Vancouver Coastal Health. She has extensive experience in developing supports for colleagues and supporting patients and families at end-of-life through her role as Clinical Coordinator at the Canadian Cancer Society's Camp Goodtimes. Laurel comes from a background of pediatric nursing and has practiced across Canada and internationally, from the Canuck Place Children's Hospice, Starship Children's Health in New Zealand, to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, where she was recognized with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Laurel holds a BScN from McMaster University and a Master's of Science in Nursing from UBC. Her final Masters project was entitled: Anticipating nursing practice implications of medical assistance in dying for minors in Canada: An environmental scan and policy analysis.