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Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing (ND)



First Committee Member

Nirmala Lekhak

Second Committee Member

Mary Bondmass

Third Committee Member

Amanda Haboush-Deloye

Number of Pages



Nevada’s pediatric suicide rate is one of the highest in the country. Many patients require inpatient stabilization, either in an emergency department setting or on a pediatric unit, until they are ready for discharge to home or a subsequent behavioral health facility. In many instances, patients are assigned to nurses who have had no formal training on caring for pediatric patients with suicidal ideation. Providing care for these patients can increase nurses’ emotional stressors. Purpose: The purpose of this DNP project was to increase the knowledge of pediatric nurses in Nevada using a nursing toolkit containing information to aid in the care of pediatric patients with suicidal ideation. This toolkit is applicable to the emergency department and pediatric inpatient unit settings and includes resources for nurses to help with patient assessments and manage emotional stressors. Method: The project was advertised to pediatric nurses in Nevada via email and social media using a flyer and link to participate in this educational project consisting of demographic, confidence, and knowledge questionnaires. The educational intervention included a nursing toolkit document and presentation, which were embedded in the Qualtrics survey. The knowledge and confidence questions were asked before and after the educational components. A project evaluation was also completed. This information was collected anonymously using the Qualtrics platform. Confidence and knowledge change were then evaluated using a paired t-test and Wilcoxon signed-rank tests. Results: A statistically significant increase in average knowledge score was observed after the intervention, [t (34) = 7.5, p< 0.001]. Conclusion: The nursing toolkit educational intervention significantly improved participants’ knowledge of care for the pediatric patient with suicidal ideation. The participants were receptive and had a positive reaction. Survey feedback demonstrated a desire to learn more about this topic.Keywords: pediatric suicide, pediatric suicidal ideation, nursing education, nursing toolkit


Nursing education; Nursing toolkit; Pediatric suicidal ideation; Pediatric suicide



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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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