For Schools of Nursing, Medicine & Allied Health

An Ideal Resource For:

  • Nurses, physicians, and allied health professionals in continuing care settings such as hospice, home care, skilled nursing, assisted living, residential care, transitional care, and other long-term (non-acute) care settings.
  • Anyone who comes face-to-face with human suffering on a regular basis. This sometimes includes the secretaries and other support staff who make it possible for caregivers to do their work.
  • Continuing education program leaders such as staff development personnel, nurse educators, team leaders, and multidisciplinary team coordinators.

Excerpts from “Oxygen for Caregivers”

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

– David Chernof, MD, FACP, David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine

The Statistics:

  • Nurses are more likely to experience on-the-job violence than all other professions. (Ontario Nursing Association 2006)
  • Nearly half of all third-year medical students report burnout.
  • Stress scores of palliative care workers are higher than patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer. (Vachon, 1987)
  • 60 percent of healthcare workers feel burned out on their jobs. 21 percent always or often feel burned out. 34 percent are looking for a new job next year. (Career Builder survey, 2013)
  • Most studies show that at least 40 percent and as many as 85 percent of helping professionals have compassion fatigue and/or high rates of traumatic symptoms. (Tatano, 2011)

These are alarming numbers, all of which indicate that working in health care has become dangerous and costly – physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. And who does it hit hardest? Most studies come to the same conclusion: compassion fatigue affects the most caring and dedicated.

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An opportunity to see what a profound difference human caring makes in the lives of others! Real life situations show how to engage with others in a way that cares for their spirit, their emotions, their humanness.

– Peggy Matteson, Ph.D., RN, FCN, Chair, Department of NursingSalve Regina University, Newport, RI.