Amelia Kost began her nursing career last August at Bismarck’s Sanford Health Emergency Department, which she called a surprisingly cheerful unit.

“The one thing that I was surprised by at the ER, that I really do like a lot, is people come there for not always the happiest things but it actually can be a pretty happy place,” Kost said. “I would say a majority of the time, by the time patients leave us either to go home or go upstairs, the improvement is so quick. It’s nice to see them … just leaving happier.

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