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Medical professionals want mental health program extended to Oregon nurses

The intense care required for Covid-19 patients has exhausted nurses and other health care staff. (Oregon Health & Science University photo)

The pandemic’s been tough on nurses in Oregon.

They picked up extra shifts, worked overtime and endured relentless tragedy.

Most are mentally exhausted, and many are considering leaving the profession, surveys show.

But help is likely on the way.

A lawmaker and a group of medical professionals are working to include nurses in a mental health program that provides free . . .