The Professional and Personal Factors that Impact a Suicide Assessment
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Suicide is conjectured to be a preventable sentinel event. In hospital settings, particularly emergency rooms and medical-surgical units, suicidal patients are frequently cared for by non-psychiatric nurses. This task can be challenging for nurses especially if they are not trained in conducting suicide assessments. This paper describes the personal and professional factors that can affect nurses' ability to conduct an accurate suicide risk assessment. While the concepts discussed can be used in either an inpatient or outpatient setting, the emphasis of this paper is focused on hospital-based nursing care.