By Jennifer McRae

DENVER (CBS4)– According to a new study, 1 in 10 health care workers have considered leaving the profession and 6 in 10 say the coronavirus pandemic has burned them out. One Colorado soldier has made it his mission to try to help nurses on the front lines.

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Sgt. Maj. Ignacio Garza started the “Special Forces Foundation” which typically helps veterans. Now the foundation has shifted its focus to health care workers.

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Garza visited UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital to discuss burnout with the nurses, and also discussed resiliency among those in the profession.

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Garza said the professions, veterans and health care workers, share some commonalities, “You’re in a high-stress environment with a ton of ambiguity that’s constantly moving, constantly changing, that’s dangerous – and you see tragedy constantly around you.”

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Garza recommends meditation, checking in on your team, and have a distinct work-home life balance.

Jennifer McRae