SOUTHERN VERMONT MEDICAL CENTER

From Vermont Public Radio.

Health care workers in Vermont have faced even more stresses with the surge of the Delta variant of COVID-19 since this summer. Jodie Waldron, a nurse in the emergency department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, is among them. She says it's been distressing to see younger COVID-19 patients in the hospital, and it's contributing to the burnout many health care workers are feeling.

VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb spoke with Jodie Waldron about the numbers of patients coming into the ER, and how she and other health care workers have been meeting the demand and coping with the stress of the pandemic. Their conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Jodie Waldron: Oh yes, the burnout is a very real feeling amongst many, many of my coworkers and myself, and my family. I have young children, and the pandemic delayed their education, delayed a lot of their development with sports and social activities.

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