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Frontline health care workers hold a demonstration outside Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center on September 4. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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75,000 Kaiser nurses, pharmacists and other workers have walked off the job

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Nurses hold signs outside Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital on Monday, the first day of their strike. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images hide caption

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NYC nurses are on strike, but the problems they face are seen nationwide

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Close friends Joshua Paredes, Michael Walujo and John LeBlanc are working together to set up a crisis help line for fellow nurses following the suicide of their friend Michael Odell in January. Rachel Bujalski for NPR hide caption

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The Pandemic Is Damaging Health Workers' Mental Health

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Matthew Crecelius, a traveling contract nurse who has worked in a dozen hospitals since the pandemic began, says that he can recall numerous instances where health care worker burnout has had a direct impact on patient care. Elaine Cromie for NPR hide caption

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A new federal rule requires hospitals and other high-risk health care settings to implement COVID-19 safety measures, including providing personal protective equipment to workers, ensuring proper ventilation and giving workers paid time off to get vaccinated. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Assistant Director of Nursing Jenn Schmid is in one of Livingston HealthCare's two ICU rooms. Before COVID-19, Schmidt's job was mostly administrative — but she stepped in to fill the hospital's need during the area's coronavirus surges. One duty she took up was spending time with families as they said farewell to loved ones through the ICU's glass windows. Nick Mott for NPR hide caption

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Health Care Workers Try To Bring COVID-19 Patients Joy, Less Isolation As Life Ends

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Dry ice will be used to help keep the Pfizer vaccine at ultracold temperatures. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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At Hospitals, A Race To Save 'Hundreds Of Thousands' Of Lives With New Vaccine

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"I got a lot of emails after we posted our first video," says violinist Dr. Erica Hardy. She says the orchestra's virtual performances are a way to give back to the community. Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Meet The Medical Professionals Playing Classical Music Together Online

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A fatigued health care worker takes a moment outside the Brooklyn Hospital Center in April. Many hospital workers these days have to cope with horrific tragedies playing out multiple times on a single, 12-hour shift. Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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Trauma On The Pandemic's Front Line Leaves Health Workers Reeling

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