Oxygen for Caregivers

A Toolkit to Guard Against Burnout, Build Resilience, and Sustain Compassion

Oxygen for Caregivers is a multidisciplinary team-building seminar with three inspiring two-hour sessions that improve morale, performance, and retention. Easy to teach for any instructor, it comes with all the audio-visual and printed materials you need to lead the program and inspire your team.

This program is for everyone on the front lines of health care: nurses, physicians and allied health professionals, including first responders—all who are witness to human suffering on a regular basis. Here is a powerful tool to protect your team from compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout. It is a gift you can give to show you’ve got their back.

Oxygen for Caregivers includes: 

  • 35-minute documentary-style video.
  • 76-page Workbook Pdf file with permission to copy.
  • 76-page Leader Guide Pdf file.
  • 5 bonus video clips & 40 Power Point slides.
  • Class formats for three inspiring in-service sessions.
    • Real-World Self-Care
    • Where Wellness Begins
    • The Journey into Wholeness
  • 3 hours of continuing education (California BRN# CEP16529).
  • Video subtitled in Spanish and English.

Your team learns to: 

  • Build three pillars of resilience.
  • Understand the occupational hazards of caregiving and the difference between compassion fatigue, burnout, moral distress, and vicarious trauma.
  • Recognize their own early warning signs of distress and take steps to protect themselves.
  • Make self-care choices they can commit to, because they fit with their own lifestyle and goals.
  • Support one another in creating and sustaining a wellness plan for lifelong well-being.

This unique video-based seminar, four years in the making, is the result of 30 years of pioneering work in the art and practice of treating the sick, injured, and dying with compassion. It is the third and most recent release in the award-winning Cultivating Compassion series for building cultures of compassion, which includes:

  • Volume 1. The Medicine of Compassion: Core Skills for the Human Side of Health Care.
  • Volume 2. Compassion in Action: Being Effective in Emotionally Difficult Conversations.

Buy DVD & CD: 495.00

Download to Own: $285.00

View Video: $2.95

“I work with the military, first responders around world, the wilderness medicine community, and emergency physicians and residents at Stanford Hospital. This is a wonderful resource to share with my emergency medicine faculty and residents. Please keep up the good work. It is fascinating and much needed.”

Paul S. Auerbach, MD
Emergency Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

“These resources are beautifully created and remind us of the importance of self-care. The videos and workbooks provide wonderful tools for all healthcare professionals.”

Pam Malloy, RN, Director
End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Simon Fox: Stress & burnout.

Oxygen for Caregivers was a runaway success when it premiered at our Care4You compassion fatigue conference. I am still receiving rave reviews from nurses, social workers, and first responders. It is a highly useful, much needed resource.” 

Françoise Mathieu, MEd
Author: The Compassion Fatigue Workbook


“This remarkable program, Oxygen for Caregivers, provides wonderful, unrehearsed insights from our colleagues who have successfully coped with stress for decades. I highly recommend it.”

David Chernof, MD
David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine


“This was my first time presenting a session on self-care. The Oxygen for Caregivers video made it so easy to do—it made the topic visible. As a result, my group immediately engaged in a spirited, insightful, and healthy dialogue. It was a refreshing experience for all.”

Rebekah “Beka” Riemer, RN,
Intensive Care Unit
Little Company of Mary Medical Ctr. Torrance

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The consequences of making good self-care choices are far reaching

“Stress-related attrition can generate considerable labor costs… Annual turnover rates for registered nurses are estimated by the Joint Commission to range from 18%-26%, with cost estimates for each turnover ranging from $62,100-$67,000.” 

— Roberts et al. Alleviating Job Stress in Nurses, Medscape 2012

  • Satisfaction: There is a link between job satisfaction and patient satisfaction. Bitter, burned out staff are not a source of comfort to patients. Every one percent improvement in job satisfaction translates into approximately two percent increase in patient satisfaction.
  • Performance: Staff who look after themselves are able to bring their A game to work every day. The quality of their work is high consistently.
  • Retention: It costs less to keep your people than to find replacements. It costs 2-3 times annual salary to replace someone – and that’s not counting the years of education that are longer of value.
  • High Standards: When you lose good people, you lose the example they set too. In this vacuum it is easier for standards to slip to second rate.
  • Teamwork: There is a ripple effect. A healthy, mutually supportive team reinforces a culture of competence, compassion, and wellness. Burned out people don’t.
  • Safety: Those who understand themselves are able to understand others too. They can read how others are feeling and treat them the way that they would like to be treated. As a result, misunderstandings and mistakes are reduced and patient safety improves. High stress causes tunnel vision. Burned out people miss things.
  • Time off: Improved wellness means fewer sick days, workers compensation cases, and addiction-related problems.

Oxygen for Caregivers is for nurses, doctors, and allied health professionals, including first responders, social workers, and chaplains. It is effective in protecting those who work in hospitals, hospices, schools, emergency services, and a wide variety of religious and family caregiving programs.

“This program helps us take better care of ourselves and better care of each other, so that we can provide better care for our patients”

– Jason Prystowsky MD, MPH, FACEP Emergency Physician / Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital