A third of nurses believe they should be lawfully allowed to help patients to commit suicide, a survey has found.
A poll of more than 2,700 nurses also found that one in four had already been asked to help a patient to die when he or she felt pain was too much to bear.
The Royal College of Nursing policy is against euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, which are still illegal in Britain.
But nearly two out of three nurses in the survey conducted by the magazine Nursing Times said that they wanted the laws on euthanasia changed.
Four out of ten nurses said they had already administered a pain relieving drug to a dying patient knowing it could bring forward death.