The Times podcast: How COVID-19 nurses get through the day

Two arms hold up a sign saying "protect nurses to protect patients"
Hospital nurses have always had tough jobs. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Nursing is a tough job in good times, and the COVID-19 pandemic made it a lot tougher. Within a few months of the start of the pandemic, U.S. healthcare workers reported high rates of anxiety, frustration, emotional and physical exhaustion and burnout.

Now we’re a year and a half in. We’ve got vaccines, but the Delta variant still poses a big threat. So how are nurses holding up?


Today, nurses tell us about their experiences and how they’re coping, personally and professionally.

Host: L.A. Times utility journalism reporter Karen Garcia

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