Looking for a cure for compassion fatigue? Try reminding your caregivers of the obvious — that their job is all about giving. Trust me, there is some science to this.
Compassion fatigue and grief are the unrecognized downside to working in the nursing home industry. When sufferers are overburdened by emotions, they want to escape from work, end up feeling isolated from coworkers and unable to participate in the daily give-and-take of the job.
Just a year and a half later and I was done. Even for two weeks after the fact, I was numb - completely drained of emotion, lethargic, and avoiding interaction with others. Burnout.