Dr. Meredeth Rowe Explains Compassion Fatigue during Bay News 9 “In Depth” Health Segment
University of South Florida College of Nursing Professor and Endowed Chair, Meredeth A. Rowe, RN, PhD, FGSA, FAAN, in an “In Depth” Health Segment on Bay News 9. Dr. Rowe discussed “Compassion Fatigue” of the general public with the segment’s host Dr. Randy Shuck. The segment was dedicated to compassion fatigue and why it occurs. During the segment, they highlighted the latest tragedies including the Boston Marathon bombings and the massive tornado that killed dozens of people.
Dr. Rowe said when people see human suffering, experience tragedy, or care for people who have experienced a similar tragedy, they may go through compassion fatigue.
“Through this constant caring, when people are having to give up themselves and be present in somebody else’s suffering, sometime they can develop this overwhelming fatigue, and they just can’t be compassionate in that role anymore,” said Dr. Rowe during the Bay News 9 “In Depth” health segment.
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