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National charity wants suicide prevention included in pre-registration nurse education

The charity Papyrus wants the NMC to educate trainee nurses on how to ask patients questions about suicide

The charity Papyrus wants the NMC to educate trainee nurses on how to ask patients questions about suicide


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The prevention of young suicide charity Papyrus is lobbying the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to include suicide mitigation techniques in all pre-registration nurse education courses. 

Papyrus chief executive Ged Flynn said nurses need to be equipped to ask the right questions of patients to find out if they are at risk of suicide. 

He said: '[Patients] tell you that they are struggling with their mental health.

'They don’t say they are feeling suicidal. It is for the doctor or nurse to say, “are you okay?”.' 

He added that safety plans should be created if a patient is at risk of suicide. 

The NMC is finalising draft education standards and proficiencies for the future nurse. 

A spokesperson said: 'Throughout the review of our pre-registration standards we’ve been committed to increasing the profile of mental health by ensuring that registered nurses will know, understand and be able to support and care for people with mental health needs.' 

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