Suicide Prevention Course for Nurses

TRNG.TG.60956419-SUIC: This course has been approved by the Washington State Department of Health to meet the WA requirement for 6.0 contact hours in suicide assessment, prevention, and management for registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses.

DISCLOSURE: There is no conflict of interest for anyone with the ability to control content of this activity.

EXPIRATION DATE:  January 1, 2021

Who Should Attend?  Registered Nurses, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Other Health Sciences Professionals

Desired Learning Outcome:  Act Against Suicide: For Nurses will provide you the opportunity gain skills in assessment of the suicidal client and develop intervention techniques focused on preventing suicidal acts.  At the conclusion of this educational activity, you will be able to:

  1. Describe how cultural myths and attitude impact outcomes of suicidal behaviors and suicidal crisis.
  2. Identify and take appropriate action for clients with “at risk” and “crisis” behaviors which may lead to suicide.
  3. Describe how to adapt suicide assessment for differing populations, including military/veterans, adolescents, elderly, and LGBT.
  4. Describe 3 key evidence-based strategies that provide effective suicide prevention.
  5. Describe how to recognize the differences between self-injurious behavior, non-suicidal self-injury, and lethal means in suicidal behavior and apply effective communication strategies.
  6. Practice developing an action safety plan for a client who is exhibiting suicidal behaviors and suicidal crisis.

  Presented by:  Susan Marie, PhD., PMHNP, CARN-AP, BC

Susan Marie, Ph.D., PMHNP, CARN-AP, BC, licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and certified in Addictions, brings over 30 years of clinical experience treating adults with diverse mental illnesses, specializing in serious mental illness, trauma and substance use disorders.  She is noted for her “pitfalls” and “pearls” of psychopharmacology. Her passions are “radical respect” for people with serious mental illnesses and addictions, excellence in psychopharmacology, and integrating psychotherapeutic interventions for clients with PTSD, addictions and chronic pain. Dr. Marie is an Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University where she teaches graduate psychiatric mental health nursing students. She is the Medical Director for Behavioral Health at Old Town Clinic, in Portland, Oregon where she maintains a practice specializing in diagnostic evaluation, psychopharmacology for complex patients and psychopharmacology consultation to other professionals. Dr. Marie’s work developing integrated behavioral health within primary care settings was noted in the Robert Wood Johnson LEAP initiative and awarded by the Oregon Primary Care Association in 2013.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 6.5 contact hours

Difficulty: Intermediate



Act Against Suicide: For Nurses – Online



Understanding Suicidal Behaviors, Crisis and Personal Preconceptions

Suicide Assessment and Risk Formulation

Adapting Suicide Assessment for Differing Populations

Imminent Harm and Lethal Means: Interventions and Prevention

The Suicidal Patient – Application to Practice

Evaluation and Course Completion

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