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Anya Butzer, registered nurse, UMN alumni

Nurse in PPE

"As I am a COVID nurse, a public health nurse, and a DNP student, there are so many unknowns ahead for my story. I wonder if my unit will ever go back to normal, and if it does what will that look like? I am starting to forget what life was like prior to the spread of this virus. As a public health nurse who administers flu vaccinations during mass immunization clinics, I wonder if there is going to be a new vaccination that we will be offering to the community in a short amount of time. As a DNP student, my school experience and clinical is not what it would have been and how will this affect my education and my career going forward?

There are so many unanswered questions, and everyone is living in a world where the unknowns outnumber the guarantees. This pandemic has changed the way I view my life and how much I took for granted the things that I am thankful for. I hope that things get better and go back to normal, but I also hope we all continue to remember what we have and what we are thankful for.

For those of you who have not been personally affected by this virus and have not suffered yourself, seen others suffer, or lost somebody that you love, please show empathy and compassion and wear that mask. It’s not hard. All my coworkers and I do it for 12 hours straight. It can save a life. Get over your own opinions and personal comfort and just try to think about the individuals who have suffered instead of making assumptions because it hasn’t personally affected you yet." - Anya Butzer, registered nurse, UMN alumni

The Caring for Each Other series is a way for health care providers to share stories about how your lives and work have been impacted and shaped by the virus.