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The psychological experiences of nurses after inpatient suicide: a meta-synthesis of qualitative research studies.

Shao Q, Wang Y, Hou K, et al. The psychological experiences of nurses after inpatient suicide: a meta-synthesis of qualitative research studies. J Adv Nurs. Epub 2021 Jun 5. doi: 10.1111/jan.14885.

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June 23, 2021
Shao Q, Wang Y, Hou K, et al. J Adv Nurs. 2021;77(10):4005-4016.

Patient suicide in all settings is considered a never event. Nurses caring for the patient may experience negative psychological symptoms following inpatient suicide. This review identified five themes based on nurses’ psychological experiences: emotional experience, cognitive experience, coping strategies, self-reflection, and impact on self and practice. Hospital administrators should develop education and support programs to help nurses cope in the aftermath of inpatient suicide.