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The Impact of Suicide Assessment Training on Nursing Practice

WSU Spokane (Internal)
Faculty Seed Grant Program 2014 Competition
9/1/2014 – Ongoing


Approximately 35,000 people in the United States die by suicide each year, making suicide a leading public health concern. Nurses routinely treat patients that are considering suicide, but these patients are rarely identified as at-risk. In addition, suicide in hospitals is three times the rate as compared to the general population. Yet, suicide assessment training for nurses is lacking. Through proper identification and assessment of patients at-risk for suicidal behavior, suicide can be prevented. The purpose of this study is to 1) Evaluate the impact that online suicide prevention/assessment training has on RNs’ knowledge, attitudes and skills; and 2) Describe RNs’ perceptions and experience with online suicide prevention/assessment training and the impact it has on their practice. In order to meet the above objectives, this study will use a multi-method design. A pre-post, repeated measures design will be used to examine changes in knowledge, attitude, and skills resulting from a 6-hour suicide assessment training course. Content analysis of audiotaped phone interviews conducted at 3 months post-training will be used to examine changes in RNs’ practice as a result of the training. The proposed study is needed in order to understand how and if suicide assessment training impacts nursing practice.

Primary Investigator

Carrie Holliday
Carrie Holiday, PhD


Tamara Odom-Maryon, PhD