Nurses have an important role in the care given to mental health patients presenting to the emergency department (ED). Without expectations or encouragement toward growth or continued education, the quality of care and the therapeutic ability for care are crippled, as evidenced by nurses' knowledge/competency deficits and negative attitudes. Through ongoing/continued education, the cultivation of a therapeutic culture toward patients that present to the ED for mental health complaints could result. Additionally, these improvements in care, in turn, could promote not only the closure of gaps that exist for quality mental healthcare but may also lead to an increase in patients' access to quality, therapeutic mental healthcare and an overall reduction in ED visits related to mental health complaints.

Date of publication

Fall 12-5-2021

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project



Persistent identifier



Masters in Family Nurse Practitioner