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San Diego Nurse Talks About Safety Equipment Shortages, Stress On Health Workers

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A Scripps Health nurse fielding a call about the coronavirus at the Scripps call center on March 13, 2020.
Being a nurse is a stressful job in the best of times. But the profession of nursing is even more difficult in the age of coronavirus. A local nurse talks about how they're coping and how the general public can help.

They are the tip of the spear when it comes to health care. But the battle nurses and health care workers are fighting in the age of coronavirus has taken the challenge to a new level.

It can be overlooked, with coronavirus constantly in the news, but hospitals are still doing what they always do - caring for people with health problems that are not virus-related.

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With all this added stress, how are nurses coping in these most stressful of times? It's a question Midday took up with UC San Diego La Jolla Medical Center nurse Elizabeth Jones. She spoke in her capacity as a member of the California Nurses Association.

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KPBS did reach out to the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties for a comment, but we have not heard back from them at the time of this writing.