Psychiatric Emergencies in Med-Surg Patients: Are You Prepared?

Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCN-BC



It’s estimated that 46% of the U.S. population experienced such mental-health disorders as anxiety, impulse control, and substance abuse in 2007. Some of those people will be hospitalized for either exacerbation of their diagnosis or for a medical-surgical condition. In the latter case, the stay in the hospital and physiological changes can lead to psychiatric emergencies.

Purpose/Goal: To help medical-surgical nurses identify and manage psychiatric emergencies.


1. Describe how to assess patients for potential psychiatric problems.
2. Identify signs and symptoms of common psychiatric emergencies on the med-surg unit.
3. Discuss appropriate interventions for common psychiatric emergencies.


Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCN-BC, is a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatry and mental health nursing at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital and Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

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Expiration Date: 9/30/2014


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