De-Stress and Take Care of Yourself: A Toolkit
Recorded on August 20, 2014 (60 minutes)

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As a nurse, most of the time you are so busy caring for others that you often donít have the time or the energy to take care of yourself. Given the emotional stress and strains inherent in your profession, it is important that you make your well-being a priority.  The practice of self-care is vital to maintaining your well-being and enabling you to effectively continue your day-to-day practice of healing and caring for others. Self-care includes engaging in meaningful and nontoxic connections with others who support you, listening to your body when you feel something awry and knowing when you are headed to exhaustion.

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Kim Richards, RN, NC-BC is a nationally-recognized published author, speaker, Board Certified Nurse Health Coach, and Adjunct Faculty with The International Integrative Nurse Coach Association. Additionally, she is a certified yoga and fitness instructor. As a former critical care and ER nurse, Kim Richards had a ringside seat witnessing the devastating effects of chronic illness like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancer.

She has personally faced the challenges and confusion of developing a sustainable strategy to enhance health; her own story of healing herself from a debilitating illness inspired the creation of Self-Care Academy, LLC. Kim combines her personal approach with her robust professional experience to help people prioritize self-care goals and develop practical solutions for success.

Navigating Self Care provides 1.0 CNE contact hours (60 minute contact hour).

The American Nurses Association Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Centerís Commission on Accreditation.

ANCC Provider Number 0023.

ANA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP6178 for 1.2 contact hours (50 minute contact hour).


Objective 1: Describe the six pathways of comprehensive self-care.

 Objective 2:  Describe three self-care activities that a nurse can use to decrease stress.

Objective 3: Discuss a method of integrating self-care activities into daily life.