Oncologists’, nurses’, and social workers’ strategies and barriers to identifying suicide risk in cancer patients

Objective To identify oncologists’, nurses’, and social workers’ strategies and barriers in identifying suicide risk in cancer patients. Methods Sixty-one oncology healthcare professionals (HCPs) at 2 cancer centers were interviewed. We used the grounded theory method (GT) of data collection and analysis. Analysis involved line-by-line coding, and was inductive, with codes and categories emerging from […]

Self-harm and suicide: Occurrence, risk assessment and management for general nurses

Suicide is a tragic event that has traumatic and far-reaching effects on families, friends and healthcare professionals, for whom feelings of guilt, blame and regret are common. Although there have been reductions in suicide rates globally and in the UK over past decades, it remains one of the leading causes of death. Assessing and supporting […]

Telling a complicated grief: A psychodynamic study on mental health nurses’ countertransference reactions to patients’ suicidal behavior

A key element of suicide education, training and clinical supervision is enhancing emotional awareness about mental health professionals’ countertransference reactions, as emotional responses to patients’ suicidal behavior (SB) that may be unbeneficial to care. This study aimed to explore emotional responses to patients’ SB in mental health nurses (MHNs) according to a psychodynamic perspective. Twenty-eight […]

Network structure of depression and anxiety symptoms in Chinese female nursing students

Background Comorbidity between depressive and anxiety disorders is common. From network perspective, mental disorders arise from direct interactions between symptoms and comorbidity is due to direct interactions between depression and anxiety symptoms. The current study investigates the network structure of depression and anxiety symptoms in Chinese female nursing students and identifies the central and bridge […]

Association of US nurse and physician occupation with risk of suicide

Importance  Nurses are the largest component of the US health care workforce. Recent research suggests that nurses may be at high risk for suicide; however, few studies on this topic exist. Objectives  To estimate the national incidence of suicide among nurses and examine characteristics of nurse suicides compared with physicians and the general population. Design, Setting, and […]

Job-related problems prior to nurse suicide, 2003-2017: A mixed methods analysis using natural language processing and thematic analysis

Background Nurses have a higher rate of suicide than the gender-matched general population at baseline. Quantitative data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Violent Death Reporting System have been previously analyzed to reveal that nurses have more known job-related issues prior to death by suicide. However, no known study has focused on […]

Exploring nurse suicide by firearms: A mixed-method longitudinal (2003-2017) analysis of death investigations

Background: Previously it was noted that firearm use by nurses in suicide was changing. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suicide dataset contains investigation narratives that no researcher has analyzed and may provide context to inform suicide prevention. Objective: Explore firearm deaths in nurse suicide. Second, test topic modeling techniques to analyze investigation narratives. Methods/statistical analysis: Mixed-method […]

A poststructural analysis: Current practices for suicide prevention by nurses in the emergency department and areas of improvement

Aims and objectives To use a poststructuralist framework to critique historical, social and institutional constructions of emergency nursing and examine conflicting discourses surrounding suicide prevention. The aim is to also demonstrate practical guidance for enhancing emergency nursing practice and research with regard to suicide prevention. Background Emergency departments have been historically constructed as places for […]

Suicide among RNs: An analysis of 2015 data from the National Violent Death Reporting System

Background: Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Suicide rates for health care providers are thought to be higher than for people in other occupations because of job strain and burnout. Despite the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, which focuses on reducing stress and preventing suicide, a […]

Frequency of suicide attempts and attitudes toward suicidal behaviour among doctors and nurses in Lagos, Nigeria

Background: Competence and attitudes toward suicidal behaviour affect practice. These attitudes may influence the consideration of suicide during personal crisis among doctors and nurses. Aim: The attitudes of doctors and nurses towards suicidal behaviour was assessed using the Attitudes Toward Suicide Scale (ATTS), which was validated in another study by the authors, evaluated for the possible factors […]

COVID-19 related suicide among hospital nurses; case study evidence from worldwide media reports

Nurses are acknowledged for their care and expertise on the front line of pandemics over the last century. The recent global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and a parallel battle has also been fought by increasing numbers of nurses for their workplace mental health. Factors associated with nurses mental stress and consequence of suicide […]

Impact on mental health and perceptions of psychological care among medical and nursing staff in Wuhan during the 2019 novel coronavirus disease outbreak: A cross-sectional study

The severe 2019 outbreak of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which was first reported in Wuhan, would be expected to impact the mental health of local medical and nursing staff and thus lead them to seek help. However, those outcomes have yet to be established using epidemiological data. To explore the mental health status of medical […]

The relationship of nursing practice laws to suicide and homicide rates: A longitudinal analysis of US states from 2012 to 2016

Background Nursing resources can have a protective effect on patient outcomes, but nurses and nursing scope of practice have not been studied in relation to injury outcomes. The purpose of this study was to examine whether scope of practice and ease of practice laws for nurse practitioners and registered nurses are associated with suicide and […]

Sustainability and outcomes of a suicide prevention program for nurses

Background We now know that nurses are at greater risk for suicide than others in the general population. It is known that job stressors are prevalent in nurses who die by suicide. Yet, little is known about targeted suicide prevention for nurses. The first nurse‐centric Healer Education Assessment and Referral (HEAR) suicide prevention program was […]

A longitudinal analysis of nurse suicide in the United States (2005-2016) with recommendations for action

BACKGROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated nurses are at risk of suicide. This is the first national longitudinal study of U.S. nurse suicide. AIMS: To identify the longitudinal incidence, method, and risks of nurse suicide in the United States. METHODS: 2005 to 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Violent Death Reporting System retrospective analysis […]

Nurse suicide: Prevention and grief management

IN THE ARTICLE “Grief management after a nurse’s death” (myamericannurse/griefmanagement-after-a-nurses-death), we provided guidelines for helping healthcare organizations support staff as they grieve a colleague’s death. However, when a nurse dies by suicide, grief can be exacerbated by guilt and anger, and a misguided attempt to protect privacy may lead an organization to avoid addressing the […]

Nurse suicide in the United States: Analysis of the Center for Disease Control 2014 national violent death reporting system dataset

Objective This study explored nurse suicide in the United States. Methods Characteristics were compared between occupations using 2014 National Violent Death Reporting System data. Results Female nurse suicides were significantly higher (11.97/100,000) than in the female population (7.58/100,000) (p < 0.001); similarly male nurses (39.8/100,000) compared to the male population (28.2/100,000) (p < 0.001). Benzodiazepines and opioids were the […]

Suicide in older people, attitudes and knowledge of emergency nurses: A multi-centre study

Introduction Suicide in older people is a public health concern. Emergency nurses are ideally placed to identify suicide risk. Therefore, the aim of this research was to explore emergency nurses’ knowledge, confidence and attitudes about suicide in older people. Methods This descriptive exploratory study was conducted in four emergency departments in Sydney, Australia. Data were […]

What every ED nurse should know about suicide risk assessment

Suicide is an unpredictable act, but in some cases it is preventable, particularly when steps are taken to reduce risk. Emergency nurses are poised to identify high-risk populations and employ suicide preventive interventions, which can be accomplished by recognizing personal responses and quickly establishing therapeutic relationships. Therapeutic relationships enable the nurse to provide immediate emotional support, […]

The effectiveness of suicide prevention education programs for nurses: A systematic review

Background: Education to improve health professionals’ responses to suicide is considered an important suicide prevention strategy. However, the effectiveness of this approach for nurses is unclear. Aim:To systematically review the peer-reviewed literature regarding the effectiveness of suicide prevention education programs for nurses. Method: Nine academic databases (CINAHL, Cochrane Reviews & Trials, Embase, Informit Health Collection, Joanna Briggs Institute, […]

Suicide prevention: A healer education and referral program for nurses.

OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to describe the pilot expansion of a proactive suicide risk–screening program, initially designed for physicians, to nurses. BACKGROUND The Healer Education, Assessment and Referral (HEAR) program detects at-risk physicians and facilitates referral to mental healthcare. Nothing similar has been available for at-risk nurses. Local nurse suicides served as the catalyst […]

Nurse suicide: Breaking the silence

The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness of and begin to build an open dialogue regarding nurse suicide. Recent exposure to nurse suicide raised our awareness and concern, but it was disarming to find no organization-specific, local, state, or national mechanisms in place to track and report the number or context of nurse suicides […]

The associations between religion, bereavement and depression among Hong Kong nurses.

This paper is to examine the associations between religion, bereavement and depression among nursing professionals using a cross-sectional survey design. There is little empirical evidence in Asia suggesting that religion may either increase or lower the likelihood of nursing professionals being depressed.