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
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 Resource Center Guide:  Caring for Adult Patients with Suicide Risk: A Consensus Guide for Emergency Departments
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has released a guide to assist health care professionals in emergency departments with decisions about the care and discharge of patients with suicide risk. Psychiatric-mental health nurse and APNA member Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, contributed to this resource.


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 28th Annual Conference (10/2014) Contact Hrs
2035 Impact of Primary Nursing in a High Dependency Psychiatric Care Unit in Singapore: Patients’, Caregivers’ & Nurses’ Perspectives; Behavioral Health Nurses and the Initiation and Sequelae of Rapid Response Team (RRT) Calls 0.75
3011 The Use of Simulation Training in Code 2000 Psychiatric Emergencies at the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System;  Aren't All Nursing Students Anxious? Failure to Recognize Anxiety Disorders and Psychopathology in Nursing Students 0.75
3017 The New Confidential! Integrated Electronic Health Records and Privacy; Tracking Outcomes of a New De-Escalation Management Training Program 0.75
3018 The Unique Role of the Psychiatric Nurse in Emergency Behavioral Health 0.75
3036 Staying Safe: Reducing Assaults and Staff Injuries 0.75
3045 Impact of Therapeutic Milieu and Unit Aggression on Progression to Discharge: Correlation of Emergency Events with Outcomes for Psychiatric Peers 0.75
3047 Implementing a Behavioral Emergency Response Team (BERT): A Performance Improvement Strategy to Address Workplace Violence 0.75
4018 Boston Marathon Explosions Disaster Mental Health Response - Role, Recovery & Resilience 0.75
4028 Bridging the Gap between Crisis and Care: How to Effectively Integrate a Psychiatric Emergency Care with Outpatient Management in a Community Hospital 0.75
4038 An Alternative to Emergency Departments for Individuals in Mental Health Crises: The Living Room Program 0.5
Podcasts from the 27th Annual Conference (10/2013) Contact Hrs
4013 Psychiatric Nursing in the Emergency Department Setting: Opportunities for Improving Quality of Care and Throughput Efficiencies in a Changing Healthcare Environment 1.0
Podcast from the 26th Annual Conference (11/2012): Contact Hrs
1013 Preventing Behavioral Emergencies on Non-psychiatric Care Settings 1.75

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