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Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Nurses – 2 CE

Activity Overview

Nurses, serving on the healthcare frontlines, are uniquely positioned to identify and intervene in cases of suicidal ideation among patients. This vital role, however, comes with its own challenges and stresses, which unfortunately places nurses at an increased risk of suicide. Learning more about suicide is important for nurses, not just because of patient care, but also for the nurses’ wellbeing.

In this course, participants will delve into a comprehensive discussion of the various risk factors associated with suicide, with a special focus on chronic toxic stress—a burdensome reality that pervades the lives of both patients and healthcare professionals. The curriculum underscores the importance of a systematic and coordinated approach to suicide prevention that encompasses various care settings. It also addresses the intricate legal and ethical considerations surrounding suicide, providing critical guidance in navigating these complex situations.

Amidst rising suicide rates, this course aims to enhance the abilities and awareness of nurses, promoting a culture of safety, early detection, and optimal care, while simultaneously acknowledging and addressing their own vulnerability to this pervasive public health issue.

This course satisfies the 2-hour continuing education requirement for suicide prevention in both the general and nursing populations, as mandated by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this continuing education activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the general epidemiology, incidence, and prevalence of suicide in the general population and the nursing population
  2. Identify key personality traits and risk factors may increase suicide risk
  3. Identify interventions utilized to manage suicide risk factors and precipitating events
  4. Review key concepts related to systems of care and best practice for suicide risk recognition and prevention
  5. Consider ethical and legal considerations of suicide

Content Complexity

  Level 2. Basic Application of Skills and Concepts

Financial Support Disclosure

This activity was developed by AchieveCE free of any commercial support.

Delivery Type

Home Study Monograph



2.0 Contact Hours


Risk Assessment

Target Audience


Activity Type

Contains case-based material


Patricia Dunn DNP, APRN, FNP-BC



Requirements for Credit

Participants must score a passing grade of 70% or higher on the activity post-test and complete an activity evaluation. There are no time limits and unlimited test-taking attempts.

Hardware Requirements

Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
iOS 10+, Android 4.3+

Software Requirements

Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
Adobe Acrobat Reader

Network Requirements

Broadband Internet Connection:
T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
4G cellular connection

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