Policy and procedure development for depression screening days in undergraduate college students
Ari E. Erola-Nelson, BSN, RN, Academic Email: email@example.com, Personal Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Depression is a prevalent condition in college students. A survey completed at the project setting found approximately 33.6% of students had been diagnosed with depression in their lifetime. The aim of the project is to create a policy and procedure for a college on the topic of depression screening in undergraduate college students, to initiate the college’s campus-wide screening program.
Depression screening in college students is important to help identify individuals struggling with depression which interferes with personal life, social life, and school. Depression screening is recommended by many organizations. The theoretical framework used for this project is the Neuman's Systems Model which is a systems-based approach to stress prevention and treatment.
The creation of the policy and procedure included research of policies, procedures and guidelines, about campus-wide depression screening. Another process was to identify and contact 5 experts to review the policy and procedure. A survey was also utilized to help shape the policy and procedure.
Challenges included identifying experts that were able to participate in reviewing the policy and procedure. The procedure is an evidence-based guide on how to implement a campus-wide depression screening day. Further changes may occur after the policy and procedure are implemented for the first time by the counseling center.
The recommendation is to use the policy and procedure to begin implementing campus-wide depression screening in undergraduate students at least once a semester. Another recommendation is to consider adding screenings for other mental health issues and add graduate and online students once screening days are established.
In conclusion, the creation of a policy and procedure to screen undergraduate college students for depression would help identify students in need of help and monitoring, secure resources, treatment, coordinate care and ultimately save lives.
|Type||DNP Capstone Project
|Review Type||None: Degree-based Submission|
|Evidence Level||Quality Improvement|
|Research Approach||Translational Research/Evidence-based Practice|
Undergraduate College Students;
Depression Screening Days;
Universal Depression Screening
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