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Depression And Burnout Hit LA’s ICU Nurses As Cases Surge

Nurses treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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With Southern California's health care system straining under the worst surge of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, the hardest hit are hospital intensive care units.

"Right now the ICU is crazy," said Jun Jai, an ICU nurse at L.A. County-USC Medical Center. "It’s so much worse than before." He added:

"All the nurses [are] burning out. Everyday you go, it’s non-stop running from morning to the evening."

Chanel Rosecrans, who quit her job as an ICU nurse in October, said, "Before work I would pray ‘til I cried, begging God, Please [don’t] let me lose a patient tonight. I can't take it."

Rosecrans added: "I didn't want to have to just sit and wait for all these people to pass away, but it felt like all these people were just doomed."

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