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Identifying Psychiatric Disorders in Emergency Department Patients Presenting With Minor Injury

Howard, Patricia Kunz PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, FAEN; Broering, Beth MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, CCRN, FAEN

Section Editor(s): Howard, Patricia Kunz PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, FAEN; Column Editor

doi: 10.1097/TME.0b013e3181e97302
Research to Practice

Review of recent evidence with translation to practice for the advanced practice nurse role is presented using a case study module for “Identifying Psychiatric Disorders in Emergency Department Patients Presenting With Minor Injury.” This study revealed that a significant number of patients with minor injuries had past or current psychiatric disorders. The implications and clinical relevance of these findings for advanced practice nurses are discussed highlighting the best evidence.

Emergency and Trauma Services, University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Lexington (Dr Howard); and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee (Mr Broering).

Corresponding Author: Patricia Kunz Howard, PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, FAEN, Emergency and Trauma Services, University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, H 113B, 800 Rose Street, Lexington, KY (pkhoward@uky.edu).

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