Worldwide, suicide is the 13th leading cause of death, with the highest rates found in countries with advanced healthcare. Those with substance use, borderline personality disorder, anorexia nervosa, depression, and bipolar disorder have the highest risk. One area that has for many years had a higher suicide rate than the national average is the Western states. Washington state ranks 22 among states, with a suicide rate of 15.8 people per 100,000 population — not as significant as some Western states, but still above the national average of 12.93 people per 100,000. This course provides nurses, advanced practice nurses, licensed vocational nurses, physicians, physician assistants, social workers, and psychologists with information about the issue of suicide and its prevention strategies and will help them meet the Washington State requirement on suicide prevention.
The goal of this program is to provide registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, licensed vocational nurses, physicians, physician assistants, social workers, and psychologists with information about the issue of suicide and prevention strategies and to help them meet the Washington State requirement on suicide prevention. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Conduct a comprehensive and effective suicide assessment
- Discuss the treatment and management of a client at risk for suicide
- Describe the risk of harm through self-injurious behaviors
- Identify interventions for limiting restriction to means of suicide
- Discuss the populations at high risk for suicide, including military veterans
- Identify legal and ethical issues related to managing suicidal clients
- Discuss profession-specific roles and interprofessional (IP) team communication and collaboration
- Identify the process for referrals and resources
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, licensed vocational nurses, physicians, physician assistants, social workers, and psychologists.
Psychologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This training program, TRNG.TG.60739204-SUIC, has been approved for 6.0 hours by the Washington State Department of Health from April 6, 2017 to April 6, 2019.
Instructional level: Advanced
Target audience: Psychologists
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.