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Connections: Understanding compassion fatigue

Jul 30, 2019

We have a conversation about compassion fatigue. The term refers to a deep emotional and physical exhaustion or burnout that comes from caring for others who are experiencing significant emotional or physical distress. It’s common among medical practitioners, emergency responders, and people who are caring for friends or loved ones.

Shani Wilson is a physician assistant with a local healthcare practice who has done extensive research on the subject. She joins us to discuss the symptoms and impact of compassion fatigue, and how to work through and prevent it. In studio:

  • Shani Wilson, physician assistant with a local healthcare practice