Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Crisis Intervention for Adults Using a Trauma-Informed Approach: Initial Four Weeks of Management Third Edition

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Mental Health & Addiction Initiative
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About this Guideline:

The Guideline is relevant for all domains of nursing practice (i.e., clinical practice, research, education, and policy and administration) as well as for other members of the interprofessional team across all practice settings at the unit, organization, and system levels. For the purposes of this Guideline, the interprofessional team is comprised of multiple health-care providers (regulated and unregulated), first responders (such as police officers), and peer support workers who all work collaboratively to deliver comprehensive and quality responses, care, and services to people within, between, and across health-care and community settings. The Guideline is applicable in all practice settings and promotes consistent, evidence-based response and care.

Recommendations are provided at the following three levels:

  1. Practice recommendations are directed primarily toward nurses who provide direct clinical care to adults (18 years and older) across the spectrum of care, including (but not limited to) primary care, acute care, community and home-care settings, alternative level of care/complex continuing care, and long-term care. All practice recommendations are applicable to the scope of practice of registered nurses and nurse practitioners (general and extended class). The secondary audience of the practice recommendations includes other members of the interprofessional team who collaborate with nurses to provide response and comprehensive care.
  2. Education recommendations are directed to those responsible for the education of health-care providers (i.e., educators, quality improvement teams, managers, administrators, and academic and professional institutions). These recommendations outline core content and training strategies required for entry-level health-care programs, ongoing education, and professional development for all interprofessional team members.
  3. System, organization, and policy recommendations are directed to managers, administrators, regional planners, and policy-makers who are responsible for developing policy or securing supports within health-care organizations and other interprofessional organizations that enable the implementation of best practices.

Crisis Intervention for Adults Using a Trauma-Informed Approach – a Best Practice Guideline - March 27, 2018