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... Fatigue al Affiliation) Health and social workers rely on empathy and compassion to offer the much-needed support to their patients or clients. Such a profession entails offering the physical, emotional, and spiritual comfort to individuals who undergo trauma, depression, and stress. In most cases, such caregivers deplete their emotional resources leading to burnout. It is such emotional, physical, and spiritual depletion that Eric Gentry, a traumatologist, term as compassion fatigue (Showalter).
Professionals in the intensive care units are prone to compassion fatigue. For example, a nurse may have a daily duty to attend to a traumatized patient involved in an accident. The nurse would have to be ...