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St. Joe's ER Nurse Lauren Van Vlear on the Increase of Patients in Mental Health Crisis, the Uptick of Violence and the Toll Its Taking on Medical Staff
This week the Outpost is joined by Lauren Van Vlear — an emergency room RN at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka — to discuss the uptick in violence toward medical staff as a result of more patients coming in experiencing a mental health crisis, how the emergency room has become a holding area for people on 5150 holds and the generally more chaotic environment of the ER since COVID that is giving nurses burn out.
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