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HTRSD is a provider of continuing education training focused on human trafficking and other social disparities for health care providers, as well as courses that address nurses' health and well-being and under-served topics in advanced critical care.

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All states recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours. This course is accredited by the following boards:

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467.

Provider approved by the Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, South Carolina, and West Virginia Boards of Nursing through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256.  

Suicide in the Hospitalized Patient

Contact Hours: 1
Cost: $10.00

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Suicide in the Hospitalized Patient
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and has been on the rise, nationally, since 1999. Sixteen out of 100,000 Americans will take their own life and suicide rates are increasing among all sexes, ages, races, and ethnic groups. Many suicides occur every year in healthcare facilities including psychiatric inpatient units and general hospitals. In addressing the National Patient Safety Goal, Reduce the Risk for Suicide, the Joint Commission developed seven new and revised elements of performance, or EP, that will be applicable to all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals and behavioral health care organizations, effective July 1, 2019. These recommendations address the issues related to environmental hazards impacting suicide and emphasize a safe environment, adequate screening and monitoring of patients and adequate education of staff in assessing, monitoring and caring for the patient at risk for suicide. Nurses must be educated not only in assessing, monitoring and caring for patients at risk for suicide but also in the provision of counseling and follow-up care, as well as, the support of staff caring for patients who have attempted or completed suicide. 


Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Define the risk of suicide in hospitalized patients and the requirements to improve the quality and safety of care.
  2. Identify risk factors for suicide and vulnerable populations.
  3. List methods to identify hospitalized patients at risk for suicide.
  4. Recall techniques to manage hospitalized patients at risk for suicide.
  5. Apply methods used prevent suicide in the hospitalized patient.
  6. State the role of nursing in preventing suicide in the hospitalized patient.
  7. Describe the impact of suicide on nurses.


Chapter One: Introduction - Suicide in the U.S.

  • Introduction
  • Incidence of Suicide in the United States
  • Incidence of Suicide in the Hospitalized Patient

Chapter Two: Elements of Performance

  • Joint Commission
  • Summary of Elements of Performance

Chapter Three: Risk Factors for Suicide

Chapter Four: Identification of Patients at Risk

  • Suicide Risk Screening in the Hospital Setting
  • Assessment of the Hospitalized Patient for Increased Risk of Suicide

Chapter Five: Prevention of Suicide in the Hospitalized Patient

  • Management Practices for Suicidal Patients
  • The Role of Nursing in Preventing Suicide
  • The Impact of Suicide on Nursing

Chapter Six: Case Scenarios

  • Case Study #1
  • Case Study #2

Chapter Seven: Conclusion and References 

  • Conclusion
  • References