Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Important Practice Tips

Be aware of:

  • Your own negative attitudes, beliefs and behaviours, which may have negative impact on the client.
  • The client’s need to feel safe (Cultural safety)
  • The fact that assessment tools are only one part of a comprehensive assessment. Do not use these tools in isolation.
  • The critical need to foster hope in suicidal patient (refer to Recovery and Hope Readings)
  • The need for sensitivity when working with victims of suicide.  Victims of suicide should not be requested for details of the event, nor should the nurse offer their own belief or opinion.