FARGO — It may be no better time for National Nurses Week, and one thing is certain — it’s being celebrated, and appreciated, much differently this year.

Cassie Fredricks, a registered nurse and clinical care leader, and Lexi Braun, a nursing practice specialist, are two of hundreds of nurses at Sanford Health in Fargo. They may not have even met if it wasn’t for the COVID-19 pandemic, and now they’ve developed a friendship.

This is Fredricks’ second career change. She’s been a nurse since 2016. Braun has been working since 2014.

Like the nurses at hospitals across the country and around the world, Sanford’s nurses are working extra hours, taking on different tasks in different departments, and going full speed from clock in to clock out.

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