Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Elissa Allen

Second Advisor

Kristi Block


The increase in Veteran suicide rates is concerning to both the health care profession and families of Veterans. Suicide is a preventable cause of death, yet Veteran mental health treatment needs more professionals willing to give their time and attention to assist in getting rates to decrease. Veterans commit their time, energy, and potentially their life to serve our country. The men and women who serve sometimes come back with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), insomnia, depression, or other health conditions that can be difficult to cope with, and health professionals have a duty to care for Veterans in need and serve those who have served our country. Having educated nurses who are aware of the signs and symptoms of suicidal ideations could lead to Veterans being treated more appropriately and possibly decrease the suicide rates in our country.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Restricted