Written by: Delyte Nasch, FNP-BC
About the Author:
Delyte Lynne Nasch, FNP-BC has 33 years of experience in healthcare, 23 years
as an RN working in multiple areas of nursing including CCU/ICU, Cardiac Catheterization
Lab, Nursing Education, Obstetrics, and Home Health Nursing. 10 years as a Nurse Practitioner
working in Family Practice, Internal Medicine and Long-Term Care.
Course Description :
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 patient at risk for suicide. Nursing must be educated not only in assessing, monitoring and caring for patients at risk for suicide and also but, also, in the provision of counseling and follow-up care, as well as support of staff caring for patients who have attempted or completed suicide.
Course Content - Chapters, Topics & Quizzes:
Successful completion of this course will provide the learner with one (1) contact hour.
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
To receive credit for this course you must pass this test with a score of 80% or higher.
No individual in a position to control content for this activity has any relevant financial relationships to declare.
Contact hours will be provided for the completion of this activity from February 28, 2019 until February 28, 2021.