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Compassion fatigue affects California health care workers as COVID continues

BURNOUT. IT’’ 18 MONTHS OF MASK MANDATES AND LOSSORE M THAN A YEAR OF DOCTORS NURSSE AND OTHER MEDICAL WORKERS FIGHTING TO SAVE PEOEPL INFECTED BY COVID-19 COMPASSION FATIGUE IS BICASALLY THE PRICE WE WE PAY FOR CARING FOR OTHERS. AND TO COPE WITH ONGOING LOSS JOERG FERNANDEZ WITH GOLDEN VALLEY HEALTH CENTERS SAYS MANY HETHAL PROFESSIONALS MAY BE EMOTIONALLY SHUTTING DOWN. WE’RE TIRED OF A COVID. WE’RE TIRED OF EVERYTHING’S GOING ON THE WORLD. SO WE GET TOHE T POINT THAT WE BECOME CYNICAL SOMEONE. LIKE I GEIV UP FERNANDA SSAY COMPASSION OR EMPATHY FATIGUE IS THE BRAIN’SAY W OF PROTECTING ITSELF FROM OVERWORKED STRESS AND TRAUMA, BUT A WES KEEP ON SEEING ALL THIS TRAUMA ALL THIS EVTEN STAR VERY DAMAGING TO OUR MIND. WE KIND OF SLOW DNOW OR A COMPASSION AND WE BUILD IMMUNITY FERNANDEZDD AS COMPASSION FATIGUE MAY ALSO AFFECT WORKERS OUTSIDE OF THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSION AND MAY MIM ANXIETY OR DEPRESSION. HE ADDS THE BEST WAY TO HELP IS TO START WHIT ONESELF. SELF-CARE GOOD EATING HITABS GOOD HEALTHY SLEEPING HABITS. SELF-CARE. IT’S THE WAY TO DO IT. WE CAN’T HELP OTHERS AND WE CAN’T HELP OURSELVES DAN WE CAN BE HEALTHY. OKAY RECEDE KACR THREE NEWS FERNANDEZ ADDS SEEKING HEL

‘Price we pay for caring for others’: Compassion fatigue affects health care workers as pandemic continues

Compassion and empathy fatigue may be a result of ongoing trauma

It’s been 18 months of masks, mandates and loss. More than a year of doctors, nurses and other medical workers fighting to save people infected by COVID-19.To cope with the ongoing loss, Jorge Fernandez, with Golden Valley Health Centers, said that many health professionals may be emotionally shutting down.”We’re tired of COVID, we’re tired of everything that’s going on in the world, so we get to the point where we become cynical, somewhat, and say, ‘I give up,'” said Fernandez, who is the director of behavioral health at GVHC. Compassion or empathy fatigue is more than just burnout — it’s the brain’s way of protecting itself from overwork, stress and trauma, Fernandez said.”But as we keep on seeing all this trauma, all these events that are very damaging to our mind, we kind of slow down our compassion and we build immunity,” he said.Fernandez added that compassion fatigue may also impact workers outside of the health care profession and may mimic anxiety or depression. He added the best way to help is to start with one’s self. “Self-care, good eating habits, good healthy sleeping habits. So self-care, it’s the way to do it. We can help others and we can help ourselves and we can be healthy,” Fernandez told KCRA 3.Fernandez also shared a questionnaire, that may help determine one’s level of compassion fatigue and satisfaction.

It’s been 18 months of masks, mandates and loss. More than a year of doctors, nurses and other medical workers fighting to save people infected by COVID-19.

To cope with the ongoing loss, Jorge Fernandez, with Golden Valley Health Centers, said that many health professionals may be emotionally shutting down.

“We’re tired of COVID, we’re tired of everything that’s going on in the world, so we get to the point where we become cynical, somewhat, and say, ‘I give up,'” said Fernandez, who is the director of behavioral health at GVHC.

Compassion or empathy fatigue is more than just burnout — it’s the brain’s way of protecting itself from overwork, stress and trauma, Fernandez said.

“But as we keep on seeing all this trauma, all these events that are very damaging to our mind, we kind of slow down our compassion and we build immunity,” he said.

Fernandez added that compassion fatigue may also impact workers outside of the health care profession and may mimic anxiety or depression. He added the best way to help is to start with one’s self.

“Self-care, good eating habits, good healthy sleeping habits. So self-care, it’s the way to do it. We can help others and we can help ourselves and we can be healthy,” Fernandez told KCRA 3.

Fernandez also shared a questionnaire, that may help determine one’s level of compassion fatigue and satisfaction.

https://www.kcra.com/article/compassion-fatigue-hits-health-care-workers-pandemic-continues/37795212