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Suicide is a serious health problem that continues to increase despite significant efforts to reduce suicide in vulnerable populations. High rates of suicide negatively impact individuals, families, and communities nationwide. The purpose of this project was to prepare the inpatient and outpatient clinical workforce at National Jewish Health (NJH) to care for patients who are suicidal. This project included reviewing the literature on suicide awareness and prevention training across the continuum of healthcare, implementing an evidence-based training model, and evaluating the effectiveness of training. This project started in 2017 and throughout, this researcher was the lead for the Suicide Prevention Workgroup, Doctor of Nursing Practice student, and participated in every phase of evidence-based practice (EBP) development. The purpose of the Suicide Prevention Workgroup was to improve the quality of interventions, comply with regulations, and measure outcomes. The REAIM (2019) framework was used to guide a review of the literature and appraise validated training models. The Stetler (2001) model of research utilization implementation facilitated operational training details across the organization. Upon completion of the training, participants were asked to complete the Zero Suicide Workforce Survey (Suicide Prevention Resource Center, 2017) that measured iv knowledge, confidence, and practice of suicide prevention. Analyses of the survey included investigating correlations between confidence in skill ability and intervention and conducting independent-samples t-tests on different disciplines. Future implications of this project could provide healthcare organizations with best evidence-based practice for suicide awareness and prevention training that reaches all patients regardless of their admission status.