Year: 2000 Source: Home Care Provider, v.5, no.2, (April 2000), p.55-61 SIEC No: 20020736

The suicidal patient needs a competent & caring clinician with whom to discuss painful thoughts & help explore options. The nurse can serve as an advocate & refer the patient to legal & ethical consultation. Article discusses detecting & assessing suicide risk, assessment tools, monitoring suicide potential, interventions to reduce harm, & ethical issues. (30 refs.)