Assessment and Prevention of Suicide for Healthcare Professionals

About the Course
This course will discuss background, statistical data, etiology, risk factors for, and treatment and management of suicide in the United States. Risk of imminent harm with communication strategies will also be addressed with a special focus on the veteran and healthcare workers populations. It is intended for all healthcare professionals who care for individuals and veterans at risk for suicide or who are survivors of suicide.

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify risk factors for suicide.
  • Discuss the reasons for an increased risk of suicide among the adolescent, healthcare workers, veterans, and LBGTQ populations.
  • Describe treatment and management of suicidal ideations (management of suicidal behaviors).
  • Understand the prevalence of suicide within the medical setting.
  • Select appropriate ways of assessing patients at risk for suicide.
  • Screen patients for depression using the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2).
  • Screen the severity of suicidality using the Columbia Suicide Risk Assessment.
  • Address safety for patients who are at risk for suicide through lethal means removal and creation of a crisis response plan.
  • Collaborate with other healthcare colleagues on patients’ depression and level of suicidality.
  • Plan interventions related to the suicidal patient’s depression and underlying causes.
  • Identify when to refer a suicidal patient to a mental health specialist.
  • List various resources available to assist healthcare providers in managing suicidal risk in patients.
  • Discuss the COVID-19 pandemic effects on suicide.
  • Discuss the LGBTQ community and resources for suicide prevention.
About the Author
Shellie D. Hill, DNP, FNP-BC, currently serves as full-time faculty as the FNP program coordinator and assistant professor in the MSN-NP program at Saint Louis University. She has been a practicing family nurse practitioner for 19 years and an RN for 26 years. Most of her clinical practice has been in primary care, but she also has experience in urgent care and cardiology. Clinically, she works in corporate healthcare clinics part time, and she volunteers as an FNP in a clinic that manages underserved patients.

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 70% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
  • Resolution of Conflict of Interest
  • Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.
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It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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