APNA Suicide Prevention Certificate Program

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APNA Suicide Prevention Certificate Program

This online certificate program builds the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking of psychiatric-mental health nurses (PMH-RNs) who care for persons at risk for suicide. This program content is presented by leaders in the field of psychiatric-mental health nursing with content matter expertise. 

The four-module course is self-paced with supplemental activities and resources, including handouts, glossary of terms, references, and other resources. It focuses on best practices and evidence-based nursing knowledge which data show increases PMH-RNs’ confidence in their individual practice, as well as their competence in the nursing skills of suicide prevention, assessment, and care management of persons at risk for suicide. 

Registrants have 90 days from date of registration to complete the full certificate program and earn nursing continuing professional development contact hours.

Target Audience:  PMH-RNs, RNs, and APRNs

  Lori Johnson, RN-BC, MS; Rebecca Puchkors, MSN, RN, PMH-BC, CA-SANE; Jamie Zelazny, PhD, MPH, RN  

Disclosures:  The APNA planners and faculty have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Off-label uses will not be discussed during this presentation. 

Learning Outcome:   
Upon completion of this program, the participant will:

  • Report an increase in confidence and competence working with patients at risk for suicide. 

Course Outcome:   

  • 75% of learners will report an intent to change practice as a result of completing this course.

Program Outline:

Module 1: Phenomenology of Suicide
Learning Objective: Discuss the phenomenology of suicide.

Module 2: Suicide Assessment and Risk Formulation
Learning Objectives:
• Perform a focused risk assessment. 
• Document patient level of risk for suicide. 
• Perform a suicide risk assessment. 

Module 3: Plan of Care
Learning Objective: Develop a collaborative Safety Plan. 

Module 4: Environmental Management
Learning Objective: Discuss environmental safety and risk mitigation.  

Keywords:  Suicide Prevention, Suicide Assessment, Suicide

APNA Member: $78 
Nonmember: $100
For organizations interested in purchasing the program in bulk, please email grouporders@apna.org

Nursing Continuing Professional Development:

5.0 contact hours. *To receive contact hours, participants must: complete all course modules, an evaluation, and an honor statement, as well as earn a passing score of at least 80% on all post-tests within 90 days from registration. You will have five tries to correctly answer the questions on the post-test. Credit cannot be earned unless all components of the program are completed. No partial credit can be awarded.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Release Date:  March 21, 2024
Access to this course will end:  April 30, 2027

Cancellation Policy:
APNA does not issue refunds for eLearning purchases once the order is accomplished and the corresponding course information is accessed. However, we understand that exceptional circumstances can take place with regard to the character of the product we supply. Therefore, we do honor requests for a refund in situations outlined here

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