About the Founder


Kim Richards, RN


Founder/Owner, Self-Care Academy
President, Kim Richards & Associates, Inc.

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Self-Care Academy

As a nurse and an executive recruiter, Kim became increasingly aware of the “revolving door” of nurses in acute care facilities. After participated in nursing conferences and interviewing hundreds of nurses, a common theme clearly emerged. Nurses were expressing signs and symptoms of Compassion Fatigue, a debilitating phenomenon caused by years of built up emotional residue.


Compassion Fatigue is manifested by physical, emotional and mental problems and is often the result of employees not making self care a priority in their own lives. By combining her nursing and fitness background, Kim created the components of Self-Care Academy, a comprehensive program dedicated to improving retention of engaged employees by addressing the mental, emotional and physical needs.


The Self-Care Academy program, “Caring for the Caregiver” focuses on sustainable, convenient, on site solutions for employees, including:

  • Monthly coaching sessions to support lasting changes in self care behavior

  • Onsite, convenient meditation classes

  • Proven stress reduction techniques

  • Inspirational monthly newsletters

  • Incentivized participation

  • Social media networking

Taken together, these elements reduce stress and strengthen the evidence-based, mandatory emotional connections that reignite the care giving spirit. The Self-Care Academy program teaches a new skill set to employees, emphasizing innovative ways to master their personal “circle of control”, a practice they can use on or off the job. Self-Care Academy “Caring for the Caregiver” classes emphasize that self-care is not “self-ish”, and demonstrate why routine, proactive self nurturing and “filling up our reservoirs” are essential to giving our best to those around us.


Kim lives in Colorado with her four dogs. Kim enjoys a very active lifestyle of hiking, biking and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. She teaches aerobics, kickboxing and yoga at Bally Total Fitness. She enjoys traveling, volunteering, public speaking, reading.






  • Richards K., Nelson J. Nurse Leader, April 2011, Volume 9, Issue 2. Overcoming Obstacles to Create the Optimal Healing Environment. Page 37. Elsevier Publishing, New York, NY
  • Kim Richards co-authored 2 chapters in the new release of 101 Global Leadership Lessons for Nurses: Shared Legacies from Leaders and their Mentors. The chapters include:

    ~ Self Recovery and Renewal
    ~ Jobless and Searching

    Richards, K, Campbell, J, Flaherty, K (2009). Self Recovery and Renewal and Jobless and Searching. 101 Global Leadership Lessons for Nurses: Shared Legacies from Leaders and their Mentors, ed. Nancy Rollins Gantz. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.

    Find out more about the book and order yours today!

  • Kim authored a chapter in Stringing Pearls:  A Collection of Gems from Nursing Leaders, called "Braving the Deep: Entrepreneurship."

    PESI (2008), Leslie Furlow, Editor

Keynote Speaker


Keynote Speaker for numerous State Nursing Associations, Hospitals and several national staffing associations.  Please visit the Events page for upcoming engagements.