Healthcare organizations with their constant change, fiscal constraints, chaos, high patient acuity, workplace violence, prolonged patient holding, overcrowding, unrealistic patient expectations, trauma, and death can be challenging and emotionally draining on caregivers (Flarity, 2013, Dominguez-Gomez & Rutledge, 2009; Flarity, 2011). The existing data suggest that care giving can take an emotional, physical, professional, and relational toll upon care providers (Figley, 2002; Gentry, Baggerly, & Baranowsky, 2010). The cumulative effects of secondary trauma (exposure to other people’s distress and suffering) and the aforementioned work environment may lead to emotional withdrawal, a lack of empathy, or a total collapse on the part of healthcare providers (Gentry et al., 2010). Healthcare providers are at risk for experiencing compassion fatigue (CF) symptoms such as avoidance, hyperarousal, physical symptoms, and sleep disturbances. Dr. Kathleen Flarity has published studies demonstrating the effectiveness of her multi-faceted education seminars to increase compassion satisfaction, decrease the two components of compassion fatigue (burnout and secondary traumatic stress). Contact Flarity Consulting at Kathleen.Flarity@gmail.com to discuss a program for your organization.
Resiliency Training for
Dr. Kathleen Flarity has experience as an EMT, civilian air medical transport and military Aeromedical Evacuation. She has flown more than 50 medical evacuation missions in combat, and has commanded evacuation teams in combat. She has provided emergency and resiliency training to EMS and facilitated resiliency training for 911 dispatchers.
EMS Resiliency training tailored to meet the needs of your organization; Fire, Police, Ground or Air Medical Transport. Additionally, Resiliency training can be combined with other Emergency/Trauma update or certification classes. Refer to Education page for more details or contact Flarity Consulting at Kathleen.Flarity@gmail.com to discuss a program for your organization.
Healthy Employees, Healthy Bottom Line
Challenging care giving experiences not only affect the lives of the care giver, but may also affect the lives of those who are close to them. Significant others, family members, friends and colleagues, may share in the negative effects of compassion fatigue. It is postulated that care givers with compassion fatigue may no longer be effective with patients and their symptoms may interfere with providing empathetic care (Flarity, 2013; Dominguez-Gomez, 2009). Individually, we compromise our health and happiness. The cost to the care giver may be financial such as loss of a job, or promotion, or emotional such as a divorce. The damage to the organization may be in the form of absenteeism, sick days, sub-optimal care, medication errors, the loss of return visits from patients and visitors or loss of referrals to the hospital as a result of that care (Flarity, Gentry & Mesnikoff, 2013). Inevitably, compassion fatigue will have an adverse effect on performance, moral, staff recruitment and talent retention (Hoffman, 2009). Currently, there is a worldwide nursing shortage, and those suffering from compassion fatigue may be more likely to leave the profession. The national average cost of replacing an experienced registered nurse is estimated between $30,000 and $145,000 (Cope, 2006). This represents a significant loss to health care organizations in terms of dollars and productivity. Health care organizations use various methods to measure their well-being including; employee engagement, patient satisfaction, staff turnover rate and absenteeism. Dr. Kathleen Flarity has published studies demonstrating the effectiveness of her multi-faceted education seminars to increase compassion satisfaction, decrease the two components of compassion fatigue (burnout and secondary traumatic stress). Focusing on resiliency and wellness helps the fiscal bottom line of organizations. Contact Flarity Consulting at Kathleen.Flarity@gmail.com to discuss a program for your organization.
Caregiver Resiliency training individually tailored to meet the needs of your organization;
• Create dynamic teams and ensure meaningful relationships
• Make a meaningful difference in your own lives and the lives of others
• Find joy, purpose, and meaning in both your professional and personal life
Link to Flarity’s ED Nurses Compassion Fatigue article: http://journals.lww.com/aenjournal/Abstract/2013/07000/The_Effectiveness_of_an_Educational_Program_on.8.aspx
Other Publications Related to Resilency Flarity, K., Jones, J., Reckard, P., (2016). Intervening to improve compassion fatigue resiliency in nurse residents. Submitted for publication Nurse Education and Practice.
Flarity, K (2016). The Effectiveness of an Educational Program on Preventing and Treating Compassion Fatigue. Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance Journal. 87:3, pp 282-283.
Flarity, K., Nash, K., Jones, J., Steinbruner, D., (2016). Intervening to Improve Compassion Fatigue Resiliency in Forensic Nurses. In press; Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 38:2, pp. 1–10.
Flarity, K. Gentry, J. E, Mesnikoff, N. (2013). The Effectiveness of an Educational Program on Preventing and Treating Compassion Fatigue in Emergency Nurses. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal. Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 1–12.
Flarity, K., Holcomb, B. & Gentry, E, (2014). Promoting Compassion Fatigue Resiliency Among ED nurses in: DNP Capstone Projects: Exemplars of Excellence in Practice. Anderson, B.A., Knestrick, J. M., Barroso, R. Springer Publishing.
Flarity, K. (2011). Compassion Fatigue. ENA Connection. Vol 35, 7, pp. 10.
Flarity-Reed, K. Critical Incident Stress Management (1997). Vital Lines. Quarterly Publication of Washington State Emergency Nurses Association.
Flarity, K. An Experience Shared (1996). Journal of Emergency Nursing. 22:2, 163-164.
Kathleen Flarity DNP, PhD, CEN, CFRN, FAENis the President and Founder of Flarity Consulting, LLC. She works with healthcare and business organizations as a leadership consultant, resiliency mentor and clinical process re-engineering. She specializes in healthcare provider and leader resiliency education.
Dr. Kathleen Flarity has been described as an innovative transformational leader. In her healthcare provider and leadership resiliency seminars she has a gift for clarifying life’s challenges, providing personal illustrations and sharing immediate actionable interventions. Kathleen brings 35 years of military leadership to her work that is evidence based and scientifically grounded. Her passion is palpable and her commitment as a leader and educator is evident in her seminars.
* Nursing Conferences and Conventions
* Ceremonies, Convocations, and Seminars at Nursing Schools
* Nurse Associations & State Nurse Organizations Events
* Organization Resiliency Seminars
Kathleen Flarity is a dynamic speaker who effortlessly captivates and energizes audiences. Kathleen has spent over three decades inspiring and empowering military leaders; building trust, earning respect, and motivating others to foster success. She is a renowned emergency/flight/military health care provider who brings a wealth of life’s lessons and experience into her seminars. In her resiliency seminars she has a gift for clarifying life’s challenges, and provides personal examples and shares immediate actionable interventions. Contact Flarity Consulting at Kathleen.Flarity@gmail.com to arrange a keynote speech.
May 2016 Re-Igniting the Passion, South Dakota Emergency Nurses Association, Sioux Falls, SD
May 2016 Leadership Resiliency-Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD
May 2016 Keynote- Compassion Fatigue Resiliency- Marion General Hospital, Larkspur, CA
May 2016 Compassion Fatigue Resiliency, Denver Health, Denver, CO
April 2016 Aerospace Medical Association; Total Nursing Force Initiatives and CF Study
April 2016 Keynote: 28th Rocky Mtn Research & EBP Symposium- Shift Length-the Evidence, Denver, CO
April 2016 Keynote; AWHONN Conference, Colorado Springs, CO
Sept 2015 Leadership Resiliency, Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders (CONL) Vail, CO
June, 2015 Reading & Clearing C-spines, American Association of Nurse Practitioners Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana
Sept, 2014 Asian Pacific Military Nurse Exchange Conf; Compassion Fatigue Resiliency, Seoul, Korea
Mar, 2014 Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Leadership Conf; Compassion Fatigue Resiliency, Phoenix, AZ
Mar, 2014 Keynote: Colorado Nursing Foundation, Nightingale Award Ceremony, CO
Nov, 2013 Compassion Fatigue Resiliency Study, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States , Seattle, WA
2013, Oct Compassion Fatigue Resiliency. International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), Anaheim, CA
Kind Words & Comments from Participants
* Unforgettable keynote speech! A true shining example of leadership!
* Thank you, thank you!! I have truly been struggling with whether I was going to continue with nursing or whether I was going to chuck my entire nursing career and explore other options. This class helped me to realize I have things I can work on that will help balance my personal stresses, not bring home others' stresses and maybe- find that peace I used to feel in nursing. This was exactly what I needed to feel hope, THANK YOU!!!
*I really loved this session! I think it should be mandatory for every healthcare professional, even if they think they don't need it. Perhaps especially if they think they don't need it. Kathleen was fabulous!
* Amazing! Thank you so much for this opportunity to learn & help myself maintain my place in this profession
* Kathleen’s humanity, real life examples and shared passion really brought meaning to the program. I plan to apply what I have learned. I think it will be life altering for me!
* This program should be required at every level at least 5 years of service! It has direct application to my work and personal life!
* Marvelous learning strategies that are applicable personally & professional
* As a healthcare leader I was challenged to change the culture in my ED and grow empathic resilient leaders, this was exactly what I and my team needed!
* Recognizing what I can control and implemented ways to bring my best self to work/home and life
* Dynamic and Engaging speaker. Tools for prevention! Love it!!
* Wonderful techniques to engage the para-sympathetic system and truly embrace all that life throws at me!
* I felt validated in my suffering and renewed to find ways to correct my stress response, and receive more joy, purpose and meaning from my life
Positive Cultural Transformation
Kathleen has spent over three decades inspiring and empowering military leaders; building trust, earning respect, and motivating others to foster success. She has the experience and skills to help your organization achieve excellence. Refer to section under; Resiliency Training for Leaders and Resiliency Training for Health Care Providers.
Her seminars in Compassion Fatigue; Re-Igniting the Passion and Leadership Resiliency training may be tailored to meet the needs of your organization. Her passion is palpable and her commitment as a leader and educator is evident in the seminars. The scientifically based programs will have a positive impact both professionally and personally on the participants who attend. Kathleen studied with renowned traumatoglist Dr. Eric Gentry and his work on Compassion Fatigue and is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist. From Dr. Gentry’s foundation, she has woven her leadership experience and research into dynamic interventions that have been validated to be statistically significant in improving compassion satisfaction and decreasing burnout and secondary traumatic stress in the participants who engaged in her seminars. Leadership skill and support are key elements in implementing a meaningful and lasting organizational cultural change. Leaders need to be able to see the iceberg before they hit it, if a leader is burned out and exhausted, it is much harder to see the dangers clearly or opportunities ahead. As an experienced military commander, some in remote locations, Kathleen has gained wisdom and insight in leading others and shares her experience in her Leadership Resiliency Seminars. In the individualized Leadership Resiliency Seminars, leaders receive not only the foundation content that the clinical staff/employees receive, but also how leaders can support staff and lead the cultural transformation. Additionally, techniques and methods needed to maintain the cultural change are shared. The seminars are grounded in the scientific understanding of biological functioning, and methods of self-regulation. By recognizing the role of the sympathetic nervous system response within the leader and environment, leaders are able to calm themselves, decrease workplace anxiety, and promote a healthy, engaged workforce. Dr. Kathleen Flarity teaches how to lead with calm, clarity, and compassion in the midst of chaos, and promotes ways that we can take care of ourselves and lead balanced, centered lives while making a positive difference in the world. Learn to live the lives you desire and deserve, not just the lives you settle for. Kathleen has a talent for clarifying life’s challenges, and provides personal examples and direct application of actionable interventions.