Date of Award
Final DNP Paper
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Dr. Betsy Gulledge, PhD, RN, CNE, NEA-BC
Dr. Jutta Beams, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CNL
Dr. Leigh Ann Keith, DNP, MSN, RN, COI
Background: Unsustainable behavioral health education focused on comprehensive suicide risk assessment performance contributes to decreased registered nurses’ perceived self-efficacy in assessing and caring for suicidal patients.
Purpose: To educate medical-surgical and progressive care registered nurses in assessing patients for suicide risk factors and warning signs comprehensively.
Design Method: A quasi-experimental designed quality improvement project with evidence-based suicide educational program implementation. Project results yielded a 56.7% increase in registered nurses’ perceived self-efficacy in assessing and caring for suicidal patients. Future DNP work will focus on sampling a larger population (N) to decrease opportunities for the skewness of project results and statistical significance.
Conclusion: Addressing the need for comprehensive suicide risk assessment education is the key to enhancing registered nurse performance in achieving high- quality, holistic suicide patient care outcomes.
Implications for Nursing: Sustainment of DNP scholarly project results will shape future nursing practice, guided by continuous monitoring of quality improvement indicators and initiatives, including oversight and support from DNP organizational stakeholders.
Keywords: nursing, suicide, risk, assessment, self-efficacy
Booth, Timothy, "Improving Suicide Risk Assessment Through Educational Program Implementation" (2021). Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects. 28.