Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Kathleen Farrell, DNSc, RN

Second Advisor

Pamela Bastiano, DNP, PMHNP-BC, RN

Third Advisor

Betty Holte, DNP, MSN, ARNP


Veteran suicide is a serious and persistent national problem, which demands an effective treatment intervention. This Evidence-Based Practice project (EBP) addressed the question: Do patients with a psychiatric in-patient diagnosis of suicide ideation, who after discharge self-elect outpatient Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Suicide Prevention (CBT-SP) treatment over a 6-week time frame, reduce the likelihood of hospital readmission for suicidal ideation vs. patients who decline CBT-SP treatment and elect Treatment as Usual (TAU)? The literature is prolific in validating that CBT-SP is successful in determining the effectiveness of CBT-SP vs. TAU in reducing suicidal behaviors in adults.

Hospital readmission data were collected on both the CBT-SP and the TAU groups. The CBT-SP group collected a further measure utilizing the Quality of Life (QOL) Scale pre and post CBT-SP group intervention. Demographic variables of age, sex, and homelessness were compared to assess variability between the two groups. The CBT-SP and the TAU groups were compared for rehospitalization utilizing the Fisher Exact Test, which was statistically significant.


Scholarly project submitted to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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