Suicide: Facing the Difficult Topic Together – Empowering Nurses, Instilling Hope in Patients - (CNA)


2 hrs


Allied Health


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Nurses, including nurse practitioners, play a pivotal role in suicide prevention, as a crucial member of the healthcare team. As team members, you and your clinic’s family physician are best positioned to identify those who may be at risk for suicide and able to provide or link those at risk with the care they so desperately need. It is important for all members of the healthcare team to have a firm understanding of suicide prevention, assessment, intervention, safety planning, local resources, and how to make effective referrals.

Building upon this, all members of the team need to be alert and attentive to possible risk factors, warnings signs, and reports of physiological symptoms from their patients even in the absence of any reported suicidal behaviours.

This Self-Learning program has been accredited by the Canadian Nurses Association for up to 2 credit hours.

Alex Drossos (MD, MBA, MEd, BESc), Ardelle Komaryk (FNP), Florence Budden (RN), Lisa Crawley (RN)

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the level of risk for suicide and determine how best to intervene.
  2. List most appropriate patients for suicide intervention.
  3. Identify the prevalence of, and which groups are at high-risk for suicide in Canada.
  4. Establish a trusting therapeutic client relationship to enable discussion around suicide.
  5. Identify some of the tools and resources available to support the identification of the risk of suicide among patients in your healthcare setting, and how to better offer that follow-up support.
  6. Discuss the responsibility of a nurse when addressing the concern of risk for suicide and how to have conversations about suicide with patients.

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