Emergency Nurse Resources

The therapeutic management of psychiatric patients in the emergency department is an important  and complicated issue.


Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) - Psychiatric Patients in the Emergency Department

ENA & APNA Collaborations
Joint Consensus Statement on Suicide in Emergency Care Settings
Emergency Care Psychiatric Clinical Framework

ENA Position Statements
Medical Evaluation of Psychiatric Patients
Substance Abuse (Alcohol/Drug) and the Emergency Care Setting

ENA Connection Articles
Agitation - The Chest Pain of Behavioral Emergencies
Development of Emergency Care Psychiatric Clinical Framework
Psychiatric Care, Our Nation in Crisis
Psychiatric Patients in the Emergency Department:  The Dilemma of Extended Lengths of Stay


The SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Resource Center:  Suicide Prevention Tips for Emergency Medical Services and the Workplace
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has just enhanced its Customized Information Sheets series by developing new resources that provide basic information on how to identify and respond to individuals who may be suicidal or at high risk for suicide.


Suicide Prevention Center Webinar:  Advancing Suicide Prevention Practice in the Emergency Department Setting
Suicide attempts constitute an increasing proportion of emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations. The care received during and subsequent to an ED visit by persons at risk for suicide can have either good or bad long-term consequences. On March 31st, 2011, this webinar presented a cross-section of promising and evidence-based strategies for preventing suicide among patients visiting the ED. Four speakers representing private health system, academic hospital, and VA health care settings provided information about their programs and lessons learned.


Emergency Care Psychiatric Clinical Framework
Signed off on by APNA, American Academy of Emergency Medicine, American Nurses Association, Emergency Nurses Association, and ISPN; these principles provide the framework for competent and accountable emergency psychiatric clinical care.


Policy Forum Webcast: Improving Patient Flow & Reducing Emergency Department (ED) Crowding
Webcast of ED Policy Forum highlighting the success of an initiative to develop performance measurement and improve operations, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Follow-up report on preventing suicide: Focus on medical/surgical units and the emergency department
Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 46
In 1998, The Joint Commission issued a Sentinel Event Alert on preventing inpatient suicides; this Alert updates the prevention strategies presented in that Alert with a focus on general hospitals and prevention of suicide in medical/surgical units and the emergency department. Click here to download a pdf of the full report.


APNA Webinars for Psychiatric Nurses in the Emergency Department Setting
The following presentations are from past APNA Conferences in webinar and podcast format and are available in the APNA eLearning Center. APNA members can use their bonus points to access this continuing nursing education content at little to no cost.

Podcasts from the 27th Annual Conference (10/2013) Contact Hrs  
The Development of a Standardized Suicide Risk Assessment Protocol in the Emergency Department 0.75 More Info
Psychiatric Nursing in the Emergency Department Setting: Opportunities for Improving Quality of Care and Throughput Efficiencies in a Changing Healthcare Environment 1.0 More Info
Podcast from the 26th Annual Conference (11/2012): Contact Hrs  
Preventing Behavioral Emergencies on Non-psychiatric Care Settings 1.75 More Info
Podcast from the 10th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute (06/2012): Contact Hrs  
Psychiatric Emergencies 1.25 More Info
Podcasts from the APNA 25th Annual Conference (10/2011): Contact Hrs  
Effective Reduction of Restraint and Seclusion in the Psychiatric Emergency Department while Maintaining a Safe Milieu 0.5 More Info
Emergency Room Care of the Psychiatric Patient: Selected Topics from the APNA/ENA Educational Collaborative Project 1.75 More Info

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