According to the dictionary, challenge is a stimulating or interesting task or problem.12 But neuroscience nurses can offer a more comprehensive definition, especially in the context of caring for a patient and their family after an unsuccessful suicide attempt. This situation stimulates our thinking about why individuals try to take their lives, how suicide is attempted and what we, as nurses, can do to turn a bopeless situation into one of hope.
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to: Susan B. Fowler, RN, MS, CCRN, CNRN, CS, 761 Cedarcrest Drive, Bound Brook, New Jersey 08805. She is a staff nurse in the Medical Day Stay Unit at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and a doctoral student at Rutgers. The State University of New Jersey.
Janet B. Sweeney, RN, BSN, CCRN is Head Nurse in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Surgical One Day Stay at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
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