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'Compassion fatigue' leading to decrease in support of front-line workers, caregivers

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

After months into the pandemic, caregivers and front-line workers are starting to see support die down.

While health care workers are still in the thick of it, they believe compassion fatigue is to blame. 

In the beginning, there were daily shows of support for hospital workers, first responders and essential services.

"Overtime that people kind of get used to what is now becoming really normal, seeming to be really normal," Kevin McConic, Senior Manager of Integrated Talent Management for Covenant, said. "None of us like it but we have to kind of go on about our daily lives as best we can."

As people become accustomed to life during the pandemic, McConic says it's easy to feel burned out. That feeling of exhaustion can eventually lead to compassion fatigue.

"I don't think it means that they care any less or want to make sure our front line workers and our caregivers are really being encouraged," he said. "I just think it's just a little bit more out of sight and a little bit more normal than it was I think."

However, the difficult work and longs hours continue for those treating the virus.

"So right now it's most important just to hear from the community that we're still out there in the trenches doing the work, you know, and taking care of the sick patients," Connie Gonzales, Director of Nursing for Perioperative Services, said.

She says without continued support, it can make the day-to-day job feel mundane.

"I think if they were to hear from the community again a little bit, it would pick their spirits up because they've been going for a long time now and it's been even the peak right now," Gonzales said.

McConic believes, as the start of school inches closer, teachers and staff also need to feel supported as classrooms reopen.

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