Humankind documentary: 'Compassionate Nurses'

Two hands clasped together.
A nurse holds the hands of a patient in September 2009 at a retirement home in France.
Sebastien Bozon | AFP via Getty Images file

Even in the best of times, nurses have repeated exposure to the pain, crisis and suffering of their patients. They work long hours in very challenging situations.

This Humankind documentary explores the art of listening to patients and suggests ways nurses can avoid "compassion fatigue."

The host and executive producer of the Humankind series is David Freudberg, in association with WGBH Boston.

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