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‘Many of us have PTSD’: 700 US nurses strike over Covid fears

Pennsylvania strike is the latest in a wave of healthcare worker protests over low pay, understaffing and PPE shortagesJim Gentile is haunted by the p

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Pennsylvania strike is the latest in a wave of healthcare worker protests over low pay, understaffing and PPE shortages

Jim Gentile is haunted by the patients who died alone. A surgical nurse at St Mary medical center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, his hospital was quickly overwhelmed during the first wave of the pandemic this spring, he said. He described racing between patients, only to discover that one had quietly suffocated while awaiting help.

He said he wrapped more patients in body bags in the first two months of the pandemic than he had in the previous 25 years. On Tuesday, he and 700 other nurses at the medical center went on strike after saying they were poorly compensated and short-staffed despite all they had to deal with as the virus surges again.

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