Date of Award

Fall 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Committee Chair

Julia Knauff


There is an increasing number of behavioral health patients entering through the emergency department for behavioral health treatment and crisis intervention every day. Workplace violence against nurses has also increased leaving some nurses feeling anxious and fearful of interactions with behavioral health patients. The increase of behavioral health patients and unstable situations have created a gap in communications and has strained the nurse patient relationship yielding poor patient outcomes. The purpose of this project is to educate nurses on the care of the behavioral health patients and improve nurse-patient relationships for better outcomes for the patient. The framework for this project was influenced by Peplau’s Theory of Interpersonal Relationships.

Included in

Nursing Commons