The hidden crisis of nurse suicide

This article discusses the epidemiology of suicide, the suicide rates among the general population and nurses, suicide risk factors and barriers to reporting mental health issues among healthcare professionals, strategies to recognize nurses at risk for suicide, and interventions to prevent nurse suicide.

Effect on knowledge, attitude, and practices of nurses following a brief education program on suicide prevention in a neuropsychiatric institute

Background: Suicide is a public health concern. Early identification of the warning signs and appropriate management and referral by the first contacts are of immense importance. Aim and Objectives: This study aimed to assess the change in knowledge, attitude, and awareness about suicide and its prevention following an educational program on the topic of suicide […]

Self-harm by nurses and midwives: A study of hospital presentations

Background: Nursing professionals are an occupational group at increased risk of suicide, but little is known about self-harm in this population. Aims: To investigate the characteristics of nurses and midwives who present to hospital following self-harm. Method: We used data from the Oxford Monitoring System for Self-Harm to identify nurses and midwives who presented to the general hospital […]

Survey of knowledge, self‑efficacy, and attitudes toward suicide prevention among nursing staff

Objective This study aimed to explore the knowledge, self-efficacy, and attitudes toward suicide prevention among nurses with different demographic characteristics. Methods A cross-sectional descriptive design was adopted, and the study was conducted between August and September 2020. The content of the questionnaire included basic demographics, knowledge, self-efficacy, and attitudes toward suicide prevention. Correlation analysis was […]

Mental health nurses’ attitudes towards risk assessment: An integrative systematic review

WHAT IS KNOWN ON THE SUBJECT?: Risk assessment and risk management are considered to be important practices carried out by mental health nurses. Risk assessment can help keep mental health service users’ safe, but some nurses see it as a ‘tick the box’ exercise. Some studies have looked at nurses’ attitudes to risk assessment but […]

Suicidal behaviors among nurses in Canada

Background Nurses are regularly exposed to potentially psychologically traumatic events, experience high rates of burnout, and may be at an elevated risk of death by suicide. Few studies have assessed for suicidal behaviors among Canadian nurses, and factors that may increase risk for suicidal behaviors are unknown. Purpose The current study was designed to assess […]

Evidence-based vs informal suicide training: Nurse confidence and comfort with suicidal patient care

Introduction Emergency nurses are on the front line of patient care for suicidal persons, yet many nurses report feeling unprepared to effectively manage suicidal patients owing to a lack of suicide-specific training. The purpose of this study was to examine the suicide-specific training experiences of emergency nurses and evaluate how training relates to burnout, confidence, and comfort […]

Effects of a training workshop on suicide prevention among emergency room nurses

Background: Suicide attempts are frequently encountered by emergency department nurses. Such encounters can potentially provide a foundation for secondary suicide prevention. Aims: The aim of the present investigation was to evaluate the effect of a 7-hr training program for emergency room nursing personnel in Japan. Method: In all, 52 nurses completed the questionnaires before the workshop and 1 month after […]

Suicide, self-harm, and suicide ideation in nurses and midwives: A systematic review of prevalence, contributory factors, and interventions

Background Nurses have been identified as an occupational group at increased risk of suicide. This systematic review examines the prevalence of, and factors influencing, suicide and related behaviours among nurses and midwives (PROSPERO pre-registration CRD42021270297). Methods MEDLINE, PsycINFO, and CINAHL were searched. Articles published from 1996 onwards exploring suicidal thoughts and behaviours among nurses and […]

Suicide attempts by adolescents assisted in an emergency department: A cross-sectional study

Objectives: to identify and characterize the care provided to adolescents admitted to an emergency department due to a suicide attempt. Methods: an observational, cross sectional, descriptive study with a retrospective approach, carried out with medical records of adolescents aged 10 to 19 admitted for suicide attempts, between January 2015 and July 2020, in an emergency […]

Nurses’ experiences of suicide attempts in palliative care

Objectives: To describe nurses’ experiences of caring for individuals who have attempted suicide in specialized palliative care and to describe if the care of these individuals changed after the suicide attempt. Methods: A qualitative, descriptive study was conducted. Nine nurses working in specialized palliative care units were interviewed following a semi-structured interview guide. Conventional content […]

Saving lives by asking questions: Nurses’ experiences of suicide risk assessment in telephone counselling in primary health care

Aim: To explore nurses’ experiences of suicide risk assessment in telephone counselling (TC) in primary health care (PHC). Background: Globally, priority is given to developing suicide prevention work in PHC. However, suicide risk assessments in TC are not included in these interventions even though these are a common duty of nurses in PHC. More expertise […]

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 […]