Year: 2005 Source: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, v.12, no.3, (June 2005), p.275-282 SIEC No: 20061034

The aim of this study was to formulate a suicide nursing care theory with the goal of enhancing & advancing the nursing care provided to people who attempt suicide or have suicidal thoughts. A qualitative approach using grounded theory was adopted. A total of 15 people & 15 psychiatric nurses were interviewed & observed. Four categories surfaced in the nursing care theory relating to the nurses’ action/interaction strategies: holistic assessment of people who are suicidal; providing protection; providing basic care; & providing advanced care. Findings from this study could be used to influence & advance nurse education, training, practice, management, & future research. (29 refs.)