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Tue Feb 22, 2022, 11:53 AM

Angry and abused, health care workers still overwhelmingly love careers, poll shows

Heading into the third year of a wearying pandemic, America's health care workers report significant levels of burnout, even anger about the complications of politics and rising incidents of abuse from patients and their families.

But three-fourths of them still say they love their jobs, an exclusive USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll of doctors, nurses, paramedics, therapists and others finds. It is a show of resilience, not without some costs, among those who have been on the front lines of fighting COVID-19.

"The pandemic has actually made me realize how important this career is, and how I really do make a difference," said Christina Rosa, 33, a mental health counselor from central Massachusetts who has had to close her office and see patients remotely. "I still love it."

Even so, one in four report they are likely to leave the health care field in the near future, an exodus that would represent an enormous loss of medical expertise. Half say they are burned out. One in 5 report feeling angry.

"We're trying to help people here and we are getting verbally and physically abused for it," said Sarah Fried, 53, of Santa Clara, California.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/02/22/covid-health-care-workers-poll-pandemic-burnout/6844789001/

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GPV Feb 2022 #1
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Tue Feb 22, 2022, 12:08 PM

1. I consider healthcare and education to be vocations.

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Response to GPV (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 22, 2022, 12:19 PM

2. As do I

If you have it, you have it. If you don't, you don't, and no amount of education can make you one (of either). And believe you me, I have met plenty of people in both fields who didn't....but lots more who did.

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