The Crisis Plaguing Health Care Workers : Short Wave : NPR


The Crisis Plaguing Health Care Workers : Short Wave : NPR

Nurses tend to a COVID-19 patient in an intensive care unit. The pandemic may have a long-term effect on U.S. health care workers, with about 6 in 10 reporting burnout, according to a recent poll.

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Nurses tend to a COVID-19 patient in an intensive care unit. The pandemic may have a long-term effect on U.S. health care workers, with about 6 in 10 reporting burnout, according to a recent poll.

John Moore/Getty Images

Today, mental health correspondent Rhitu Chatterjee guest hosts Short Wave. She talks to Dr. Arghavan Salles about burnout among health care workers, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Last year, Dr. Salles used her vacation time from work to fly from her home in California to New York City to work in the intensive care unit, treating coronavirus patients. They discuss what burnout looks like, what it’s doing to the mental health of doctors and nurses and how institutions can address it.

Read the recent Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey.

Have a scientific question you can’t stop thinking about? Drop us a line at shortwave@npr.org — we’d love to hear it.

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, edited by Gisele Grayson and fact-checked by Rasha Aridi. Josh Newell was the audio engineer.


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