Effect of Psycho Educational Program about Control of Suicidal Ideation among Psychiatric Patients on Nursing Staff’s Knowledge and Practice
Shaimaa Mosad Mohamed El-Refaay, Prof. Dr. Mervat Hosny Shalaby, Prof. Dr. Gamal Taha Shama

Introduction: Nurses are often on the front line positions for identifying and interviewing patients who are suicidal; therefore, nurses must be well trained in in the assessment of suicidal patients and know what to do when faced with a client who is actually suicidal. Purpose: The purpose of the study was to determine the effect of a psycho educational program about control of suicidal ideation among psychotic patients on a nursing staff’s knowledge and practice. Methods: Aquatic-experimental design was utilized. Participants included a sample of 50 psychiatric nurses working at Tanta-Mental Health Hospital. Two tools were used for data collection; Nurse's knowledge about suicide Ideation questionnaire and an Observation Checklist for a Nurse’s practice towards the suicidal patients. Results: Revealed that there was a statistically significant improvement between the mean score of total knowledge and the skills score before intervention, immediately after and after three month of intervention. Conclusion: There was marked increase in the overall knowledge and skills of the nurses as the result of receiving an educational program about control of Suicidal Ideation among psychotic patients on nursing staff knowledge and practice.

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