Words and Images from the Front Lines

Welcome to a collection of first-person accounts, photos, and videos from Wisconsin CRNAs sharing their experiences as healthcare providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage all WIANA members to share your stories, photos and/or video messages with us. Your contributions will be posted here for our various publics to access and learn more about the role and value of nurse anesthetists in our state's healthcare system. Thank you for the safe, compassionate care you provide patients across Wisconsin on a daily basis.

Grant Brekken, CRNA

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“Patients should never delay seeking medical attention, even during a pandemic. As CRNAs, we are committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all patients in order to effectively minimize the risk of possible transmission of COVID-19.”
- Grant Brekken, CRNA

Grant Brekken, CRNA, provides patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.

CRNA Grant Brekken
CRNA Grant Brekken
CRNA Grant Brekken
CRNA Grant Brekken

Staci Kothbauer, CRNA

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“There is no amount of PPE that will protect you from the emotional toll this will have on you. Be each other's emotional PPE. Be strong when your partner is weak. Help each other through this.”
- Unidentified CRNA

CRNAs don full personal protective equipment (PPE) to care for COVID patients during the pandemic.

CRNAs Angie Ferguson and Kate LaFrancios
CRNAs Kelly Sinutko and Jim Albrecht
CRNAs Kelly Sinutko and Jim Albrecht
CRNAs Kelly Sinutko and Jim Albrecht