“I have a mortgage to pay, kids are in school, and a husband has lost his job. I am the breadwinner of the family and I am fortunate to earn a salary that is enough for us to cover the bills. I really don’t know what else I’m going to do, so I try to make the best of it. “- Jenny Burnett, registered nurse, Concord
“My colleagues and I continue to develop each other by being supportive, finding a sense of humor in everything, being good listeners. This is a job where you are always needed.” – Lindsey Stover, registered nurse, Los Angeles
“My hospital sees underserved patients who have very little interaction with the health care system, and these are the patients I have committed to serving.
My colleagues and employees help me to improve every day. It’s always a great time to be with them. Seeing how generous my colleagues are – seeing how much they contribute to their work and their communities – inspires me to continue accompanying them. “- Dr. Jessica Martin Moreno, emergency resident, Fresno
“Our nurses need not feel more abandoned than they already are. I see how hard they are working, they keep showing up and that keeps me showing up. ” – Joanna Mello, assistant director of nursing, Sacramento
“As an Indigenous woman, I’m just trying to do my best to help my people and others like us survive this pandemic. I’m doing well in a community health center that tries to help the most vulnerable. And even when I received death threats or scorn and scolding from people who misunderstood what we were doing, my family still saw me. And love me.
And I can come home every night knowing that in my final days I will do everything I can to keep my loved ones and yours safe.” – Dr. Kalamaoka’aina Niheu, family medicine, Albany
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/27/us/california-health-care-workers-burnout.html Despite burnout, these California health care workers don’t quit