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Emily Allen

Emily Allen

Emily Allen is a registered nurse at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul.

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A nurse on the pandemic year: What we didn’t expect was the emotional toll | Essay

By: - May 26, 2021

When I decided a year ago to volunteer at M Health Fairview Bethesda Hospital, caring for COVID-19 patients in our dedicated Intensive Care Unit, I had mixed emotions. I would be lying if I said that fear wasn’t the biggest one.   I’ll never forget stepping into Bethesda the night that it opened — I was […]

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A nurse writes about the calm before the COVID-19 storm

By: - March 25, 2020

My name is Emily Allen and I am a registered nurse at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul.  I currently work on the intensive care unit as a bedside care nurse and also as a charge nurse for our 24 bed unit.  Being a nurse was not always what I wanted. After two years of […]