I have been in awe of the heroism and compassion our front line healthcare workers have demonstrated during this global pandemic. In Minnesota, an overwhelming number of these heroes and selfless dedicated professionals are part of the Minnesota State family, either as graduates or current students. The fact that each and every day they go to work putting their own health and safety at risk is both humbling and a point of pride for us.  Seven out of 10 Minnesota nursing graduates earned their degree from a Minnesota State college or university . We are proud to be the educator of choice for so many of the professionals serving in our hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities and we salute the essential work they do. Below are just two stories of these Minnesota heroes.

Devinder Malhotra
Chancellor, Minnesota State
Bemidji State University alumna and nurse shares what it’s like on the front line of COVID-19
Bemidji State graduate Emily Allen ’16 is a registered nurse at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul. She works on the intensive care unit as a bedside care nurse and also as a charge nurse for the 24 bed unit. 
St. Cloud Technical & Community College student’s secret during the pandemic: flexibility
St. Cloud Technical and Community College nursing student Taylor Root '20 is set to graduate this May, and on top of figuring out online classes and homework, she is an essential employee in the health field.