Date of Conferral



Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Marisa Wilson


Nurses working in an acute psychiatric setting within a veterans' administration hospital must maintain a therapeutic milieu by recognizing and managing aggressive behaviors before violence ensues to reduce injuries to staff nurses and patients. The purpose of this project was to develop an evidence-based and theoretically grounded educational program that will help staff nurses manage escalating aggression, violence, and acting out behaviors to provide a safe environment for patients and staff through high risk identifier recognition and intervention training. During the data and information gathering stage, 23 articles were reviewed, rated, and graded to provide the most significant information used to complete the project. The project is a workshop made up of a 6-module curriculum that will be used to train staff nurses. This workshop will be shared with the partnering organization including the recommendation that it is adopted and implemented at a later date. The educational training program will have the potential to become a practice standard for other acute psychiatric settings within the Veterans Integrated Service Network to provide a tool that will assist the nurses as they care for the patient and maintain safety. Social change will occur through the empowerment of nurses who interact with veterans to bring them better and safer care.