"The American Nurses Association is gravely concerned with the human rights of individuals facing execution," said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. "Capital punishment is a human rights violation, and ANA is proud to stand in strong opposition to the death penalty. All human beings, regardless of their crimes, should be treated with dignity. For those states where capital punishment is currently legal, the American Nurses Association will continue to provide ethical guidance, education, and resources for nurses and other health care providers dealing with these ethical dilemmas."
ANA's Center for Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board reviewed and unanimously approved the position statement. The statement was presented to the public for a 30-day comment period and subsequently approved by the ANA Board of Directors in December 2016. The full position statement and FAQs are linked here.
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SOURCE American Nurses Association