Nursing: Suicide Assessment and Prevention for Washington Health Professionals

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About the Course

This course is for all Washington state health professionals who care for individuals and veterans at risk for or who are survivors of suicide. The course provides the states’ required information about the background and statistical data of suicide within the U.S. and Washington state, etiology of suicide, suicide risk assessment, treatment and management, as well as risk of imminent harm with communication strategies, with a special focus on the veteran population.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Identify risk factors for suicide.
  • Identify the reasons for an increased risk among the veteran population.
  • Outline the prevalence of suicide within the medical setting.
  • Understand how to talk to patients at risk for suicide.
  • Screen patients for depression using the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9).
  • Screen the severity of suicidality using the Columbia Suicide Risk Assessment.
  • Address safety for patients who are at risk for suicide through lethal means removal and creation of a crisis response plan. 
  • Manage the patient’s depression and level of suicidality.
  • Plan interventions related to the suicidal patient’s depression and underlying causes.
  • Understand when to refer a suicidal patient to a mental health specialist.
  • Identify the resources to assist health care providers in managing suicidal risk in patients.

Kelly Crum, PhD(c), MSN, RN
Berthina B. Coleman née Fomensky, MD, BSN, RN

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