Nonsuicidal Self-Injury : AJN The American Journal of Nursing

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Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

Cummings, Jo Ann F. PhD, RN, APN, PPCNP-BC

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AJN, American Journal of Nursing 123(6):p 44-47, June 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000938732.60723.b9

Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is an area of growing concern for the health care community, as evidenced by its identification as a Healthy People 2030 objective and as a condition for further study in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition. In the past, nurses may have identified patients who cut or harmed themselves as having suicidal intent, yet NSSI is increasingly recognized and investigated as a separate disorder. This article provides an overview of NSSI, including information about risk factors, clinical assessment, and preventive efforts.

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