Healthcare organizations with its 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 caregiving 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. With 34 years of military service including multiple commands and deployments, Dr. Kathleen Flarity is a dynamic leader and engaging speaker. Her passion is palpable and her commitment as a leader and educator is evident in the seminar. The scientifically based programs will have a positive impact both professionally and personally on the participants who attend. Dr. Kathleen Flarity has published studies demonstrating the effectiveness of the multi-faceted education program to increase compassion satisfaction, decrease the two components of compassion fatigue (burnout and secondary traumatic stress).  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. 35 (3), 1–12. 
Abstract: The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the treatment effectiveness of a multifaceted education program to decrease compassion fatigue (CF) and burnout (BO) symptoms and increase compassion satisfaction of emergency nurses participating in the training. The goal of the CF multifaceted intervention program was to demonstrate a statistically significant improvement in the 3 CF subscales: an increase on the Compassion Satisfaction (CS) subscale and a decrease on the Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) and BO subscales in the participants’ pretest and posttest scores as measured by The ProfessionalQuality of Life test (B. H. Stamm, 2010a, 2010b). The study sites were emergency departments in Colorado Springs, CO. A convenience sample consisted of emergency nurses who self-selected to participate in the study. The multifaceted education program resulted in a statistically significant increase in CS (p = 0.004) and a decrease in BO (p = 0.001 or less) and STS (p = 0.001) symptoms. Link to Flarity’s Compassion Fatigue
article: http://journals.lww.com/aenjournal/Abstract/2013/07000/The_Effectiveness_of_an_Educational_Program_on.8.aspx
 Kathleen’s Publications on Compassion Fatigue Resiliency: 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. LWW Flarity, K. (2011). Compassion Fatigue.  Emergency Nurses Association Connection. Vol 35, 7, pp. 10  
Resiliency Training for Leaders
Kathleen has been described as an innovative transformational leader. With 34 years of military service including multiple commands and deployments, Dr. Kathleen Flarity is a dynamic leader and engaging speaker. Her seminars in Transformational Care Giving 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.  From that foundation, she has woven her leadership experience and research into a dynamic intervention that has been demonstrated 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 cultural change. Individualized Resiliency Leadership Seminars include content for the clinical staff and instructions for leaders that can help them support the staff in their transformation. Additionally, techniques and methods needed to maintain the cultural change are shared.  The seminars are grounded in the scientific understanding of biological functioning.  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. She has a talent for clarifying life’s challenges, and providing personal examples and direct application of actionable interventions.


​Resiliency Training for EMS/Police
Dr. Kathleen Flarity has experience as an EMT, civilian air medical transport nurse and military Aeromedical Evacuation nurse. She has flown over 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 to 911 dispatchers. 

​Get EMS Resiliency training tailored to meet the needs of your organization; Fire, Police, Ground or Air Medical Transport. Contact Kathleen.flarity@gmail.com to arrange a program.


Educational Certification
Topics Available
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)-Instructor- American Heart Association
Pediatric Cardiac Life Support (PALS)-Instructor- American Heart Association
Regional Faculty-ACLS Colorado/Wyoming Region- American Heart Association
Regional Faculty-PALS Colorado/Wyoming Region- American Heart Association
Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum (TNCC)-Instructor/Faculty- Emergency Nurses Association
Emergency Nursing Pediatric Care Course (ENPC)-Instructor/Faculty- Emergency Nurses Association
Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist (CCFS)


Medical/Nursing/EMS Education & Training
Dr. Kathleen Flarity has presented hundreds of educational offerings at various venues including, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, Emergency Nurses Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, International Association of Forensic Nurses, and the Asian Pacific Military Nurses Exchange. Dr. Kathleen Flarity has experience as an EMT, emergency Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse practitioner, Nurse Scientist,civilian air medical transport and military Aeromedical Evacuation. She has provided emergency and resiliency training to EMS and facilitated resiliency training to 911 dispatchers.  Resiliency training tailored to meet the needs of your can be combined with other Emergency/Trauma update or certification classes, or in combination with resiliency or leadership educational offerings. 
Other Educational Topics; any EMS/ED/Trauma/Flight topics can be customized for your organization (see below under Medical Topics & Presentations). Contact Kathleen.flarity@gmail.com to arrange training.

Keynote Speeches

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.


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 SANE 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!! 

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  • 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  


​​Topics & Presentations

Asian Pacific Military Nurse Exchange Conf; Compassion Fatigue Resiliency, Seoul, Korea


Emergency Nurses Association Leadership Conf; Compassion Fatigue Resiliency, Phoenix, AZ 


Keynote: Colorado Nursing Foundation, Nightingale Award Ceremony, Colorado


Colorado Springs Fire Department, Paramedic Refresher course: Thoracic, abdominal, head trauma, trauma assessment and extremity trauma. Colorado Springs, CO


Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS); Compassion Fatigue Resiliency Study, Seattle, WA


International Assoc of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), Compassion Fatigue Resiliency, Anaheim, CA


Emergency Nurses Association Annual conference; Performed 1st Live Stream Cadaver lab-demo of needle decompression/chest tube insertion to 3,830 participants, Nashville, TN


American Association of Nurse Practitioners Annual conf; Environmental Emergencies, Las Vegas, NV


American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Annual conference; Reading & Clearing C-spines in the Acute Care setting, Las Vegas, NV


American Association of Nurse Practitioners , Annual conference; Current Challenges & Opportunity for Innovative Change Innovative Approaches to Triage, Las Vegas, NV


40th Annual Rocky Mtn Trauma & Emergency Medicine; Aeromedical Evacuation in a War Zone, Breckenridge, CO


Emergency Nurses Association Annual Conference; Advanced Cadaver Lab-Chest tubes, advanced  airway, central lines, IOs, lateral cantotomy on fresh cadavers to advanced practice nurses. San Diego, CA


Emergency Nurses Association Annual Conference, Methods of Digital Blocks and Local Anesthetics. San Diego CA


Emergency Nurses Association Annual Conference; Innovative Emergency Technology, Toys and Gadgets. San Diego CA


Emergency Nurses Association Annual Conf; EMINENCE Mentoring Program- Academy of Emergency Nursing, Tampa, FL


Emergency Nurses Association Annual Conference: Reading & clearing C-spines in acute care setting, Tampa FL


Emergency Nurses Association Annual Conf: Aeromedical Evacuation in a War Zone-Not Your Average Flight- Tampa FL


Bagram, AFB, Afghanistan, CEN and CFRN review course


Emergency Nurses Association Annual Conference; Snakes, Cats and Puppy Dog Bites. Tampa FL


Emergency Nurses Association Annual Conference; EMINENCE Mentoring Program- Academy of Emergency Nsg, Tampa FL


Emergency Nurses Association Annual Conference; Differential Diagnosis of Chest Pain, Baltimore, MD


ENA Annual Conference: Methods of Digital Blocks and Local Anesthetics, Baltimore, MD


ENA Annual Conference; Emergencies from the Neck up. Baltimore MD


Emergency Nurses Association Annual Conference Civilian &Military Flight Nursing; the Sky is Not the Limit! Minneapolis, MN


Emergency Nurses Association Annual Conference; Black, White & Shades of Grey, Chest X-Ray interpretation, Minn, MN


Keynote:  Homecoming Alumni, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA


Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) Annual conference; Force Development, Salt Lake, UT


Emergency Nurses Assoc Annual Conference, Differential Diagnosis of Chest Pain, Salt Lake, UT


ENA Annual Conference; Black, White & Shades of Grey, Chest X-Ray interpretation, St Lake, UT


Emergency Nurses Association State Conf; Snakes, Cats and Puppy Dog Bites, Renton, W​A


ENA Annual Conference; Methods of Digital Blocks and Local Anesthetics, San Antonio, TX


ENA Annual Conference; Snakes, Cats and Puppy Dog Bites, San Antonio, TX


Alaska State Nursing Conf; Differential Diagnosis of Chest Pain, Anchorage AK


Alaska State Nursing Conf; Flight Nursing in the Middle East, Anchorage AK


Alaska State Nursing Conf; Emergencies from the Neck Up, Anchorage AK


Association of Military Surgeons of the United States Annual Conference (AMSUS) Aeromedical Evacuation, St Lake, UT



 I Am Available For:

* Keynotes

* Nursing Conferences and Conventions

* Ceremonies, Convocations, and Seminars at Nursing Schools

* Nurse Associations & State Nurse Organizations Events

EDUCATION


​​Resiliency Training for Health Care Providers
* 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
Kathleen Flarity DNP, PhD, CEN, CFRN, FAEN is the President and Founder of Flarity Consulting, LLC. She works with healthcare and business organizations as a leadership consultant, and does clinical process re-engineering. She specializes in healthcare provider resiliency and leader resiliency and has written numerous articles, and given hundreds of presentations and speeches on the topic. Kathleen Flarity is a dynamic speaker who effortlessly captivates and energizes audiences. 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 healthcare provider and leadership resiliency seminars she has a gift for clarifying life’s challenges, provides personal illustrations and shares immediate actionable interventions. Kathleen brings 35 years of military leadership to her work that is evidence based and scientifically grounded. 
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