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Nurse Suicide: Breaking the Silence

  • Author(s): Davidson, Judy E
  • Mendis, Janet
  • Stuck, Amy R
  • DeMichele, Gianni
  • Zisook, Sidney
  • et al.

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The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness of and begin to build an open dialogue regarding nurse suicide. Recent exposure to nurse suicide raised our awareness and concern, but it was disarming to find no organization-specific, local, state, or national mechanisms in place to track and report the number or context of nurse suicides in the United States. This paper describes our initial ex-ploration as we attempted to uncover what is known about the prevalence of nurse suicide in the United States. Our goal is to break through the culture of silence regarding suicide among nurses so that realistic and accurate appraisals of risk can be established and preventive measures can be developed.

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