New Jersey passed its Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) Law in August 2019. It was the 10th state to do so in the US. In this session, you will learn the eligibility requirements for MAiD, the steps of the process, and how you can access physicians who will participate in MAiD.
It is important to realize that this option is available to those with a terminal illness and a prognosis of less than 6 months who have mental capability and the ability to self ingest medications. It is not available to those with dementia who do not meet these criteria.
This event is presented by Compassionate Endings NJ.
Dr. Robin Plumer practiced emergency medicine for over 30 years. In 2008, she went to New Zealand to live and work there. She continued to work in emergency medicine, but also followed her interest in end of life care while working in several hospices, and completing a postgraduate diploma in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Auckland. She returned to the US in 2017 to help care for her father who had Parkinson’s disease while also working in both in-patient and community hospices in New Jersey for three years. She became interested in the passage of NJ’s Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) Law and when she realized that few clinicians were participating in it, she decided to pursue intensive study of the field by collaborating with experienced MAiD clinicians in California, Washington State, and Oregon. This work led her to establish Compassionate Endings NJ with Elizabeth Stanton MSN/Ed, who shares her passion for very personalized and comprehensive patient care. Part of their mission is to encourage those in the medical community who wish to become involved in MAiD by mentoring and teaching.
Elizabeth Stanton MSN/Ed is the Senior Executive Vice President of Compassionate Endings NJ. She is a former Emergency Room nurse with over 30 years of experience in critical care, ED, trauma, and medical international flight repatriation. She holds a Master’s degree in Nursing Education, and has taught in several nursing programs. She and Dr. Plumer joined together to form Compassionate Endings NJ.