To understand emergency nursing experiences in assisting people with suicidal behavior.METHOD
Grounded theory study with symbolic interactionism conducted in 2015 to 2016 in Brazil with 19 nurses.RESULTS
Assistance for people with suicidal behavior is critical, challenging, evokes different feelings and requires knowledge, skills and emotional control. Nurses did not feel prepared or supported, and identified recurrent gaps and problems. Nurses occupied a limited role, restricted to attending to physical needs. They predominantly manifested opposition, judgments and incomprehension about patients.CONCLUSION
This study presents key elements to be addressed in interventions and investigations regarding nursing support, training and supervision.