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‘A lot of us are going to have PTSD.’ Fatigue, burnout plague hospital staffs during COVID surge

Orange County Register, Jan. 22, 2021

January 22, 2021

‘A lot of us are going to have PTSD.’ Fatigue, burnout plague hospital staffs during COVID surge

At the nursing station at [UCI Medical Center] in Orange County, meanwhile, the phone is ringing nonstop as family members seek updates on the conditions of their loved ones, said Angela Mayfield, a registered nurse in a medical-surgical unit during a recent virtual protest hosted by California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. “Nurses have worked short-staffed for many months while the work at the bedside remains physically and emotionally exhausting. The patients’ conditions are declining and the pressure on the bedside nurse can be overwhelming,” she said.