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Self‐Injury Behavior: How Can Nurses HELP?

Goodman Lesniak, Rhonda Lynn

doi: 10.1097/01.CNJ.0000337001.11895.c6
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She can see the GAPE of CRIMSON grow larger as it spills over the edges and runs down her hand. She can see the SCARLET DROPS grow larger as they gather at her fingertips and then detach and fall through space. But no sound comes from her lips. To an onlooker this would seem an EERILY QUIET moment, a moment engulfed in deathly silence. But the girl lying in the PUDDLE of BLOOD in the silent war hears the discordant noises … raging and roaring as they grate through her mind, PIERCING REMINDERS of what she'd rather FORGET…(Anonymous, 2001)

It's hard to understand why someone would deliberately hurt him or herself. Yet 12% to13% of teens self-injure. To facilitate healing, nurses need to know how—and how not to help.

Rhonda Lynn Goodman Lesniak, MA (theology), MS, FNP-BC, is a PhD candidate at the Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. She is a nationally certified school nurse. Rhonda works as a family nurse practitioner at The Little Clinic in Lake Worth, Florida. She is a deacon and faith community nurse at First Presbyterian Church of Boca Raton, Florida.

© 2008 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship