Nurse Suicide: Prevention and Grief Management

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


Am Nurs Journal. 2020;15(1) 

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A nurse's death by suicide is especially troubling to those left behind. Being open about the fact that the death occurred and recognizing that staff will need to grieve their loss and process their feelings are critical for individual and organizational healing. Take action to decrease suicide risk by initiating a suicide prevention program that educates, confronts stigma, proactively screens nurses for risk, provides referrals to treatment when indicated, and offers emotional support after difficult situations that predictably cause stress.