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The COVID-19 Surge Is Causing Burnout & Staffing Shortages Among Nurses Nationwide

Courtesy: National Nurses United

On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing record high COVID-19 cases in the US and the toll it’s taking on frontline healthcare workers. More than 2,100 health care workers in the US have died from the virus. According to a recent survey from National Nurses United, many nurses say they still don’t have the PPE they need and are increasingly anxious and stressed about the surge of cases and safety at work. What is the Biden/Harris administration’s plan for healthcare workers?


Deborah Burgerco-president of National Nurses United, the nation’s largest nurses union, and former president of the California Nurses Association

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, epidemiologist, health economist, and senior fellow at the Federation of Scientists 

Web Resources:

Stat, Wendy Dean: Beyond burnout: For health care workers, this surge of Covid-19 is bringing burnover

The Atlantic, Ed Young: Hospitals Know What's Coming

NPR Shots: Federal Coronavirus Data Show Health Care Staff Shortages Plague Hospitals

The Guardian, Shoshana Dubnow: These frontline health workers could have retired – instead they died helping others

AP: North Dakota nurses worry about working with sick colleagues