Implementation of a Behavioral Response Team: A Proactive Approach for Safety and De-escalation

Author(s): Dustin Tart, Catie Dunn

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Nov 15, 2026

Topics: Behavioral/Psychosocial

Population: Pediatric, Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This session describes the creation of an RN-led behavioral response team. We share details of a program in which RNs are deployed throughout our hospital using data-driven models to provide enhanced rounding, education to implement a structured response for patients experiencing behavioral crisis and provide ongoing, consistent strategies for care delivery. The benefit is an increase in formal care planning, improved multidisciplinary team collaboration and nursing-driven interventions to decrease behavioral emergency response team activations.


  • Describe the fundamental components of an interdisciplinary behavioral response team.
  • Explain the process to implement the components of a hospital-based behavioral response team.
  • Identify methods and metrics to evaluate the impact the behavioral response team has on patient outcomes and workplace safety.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

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