Nurse Suicide: Prevention and Grief Management

Judy E. Davidson, DNP, RN, MCCM, FAAN; Rachael Accardi, MA, LMFT; Courtney Sanchez, LCSW; Sidney Zisook, MD

Disclosures

Am Nurs Today. 2020;15(1) 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction

Introduction

In the article "Grief management after a nurse's death" (myamericannurse/grief-management-after-a-nurses-death),, we provided guidelines for helping healthcare organizations support staff as they grieve a colleague's death. However, when a nurse dies by suicide, grief can be exacerbated by guilt and anger, and a misguided attempt to protect privacy may lead an organization to avoid addressing the death. Our organization has created steps within its bereavement program that are specific to the unique challenges of a suicide death. We've also created a suicide prevention program that proactively assesses employee risk.

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