Kim Richards, RN
Kim Richards & Associates, Inc.
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
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
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
Richards co-authored 2 chapters in the new release of
101 Global Leadership Lessons for Nurses: Shared
Legacies from Leaders and their Mentors. The
~ 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
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:
PESI (2008), Leslie Furlow, Editor
Keynote Speaker for numerous State Nursing
Associations, Hospitals and several national staffing
associations. Please visit the
Events page for upcoming engagements.