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Letter to the Editor: Nurse anesthetist salutes health care colleagues

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To the editor,

For Tennessee’s 2,200 nurse anesthetists, this year’s National CRNA Week (Jan. 24-30) felt less about celebrating our profession and more about honoring those who touched our lives — and whose lives we touched — during this year of the pandemic.

Across Tennessee, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) who have been providing critical care on the front lines of COVID-19, and those who have been providing anesthesia care behind the lines, want to recognize our health care colleagues with whom we’ve toiled side by side to provide comfort and healing to our patients. 

It has been an honor to work with you.

We remember our patients who fought so hard to beat this relentless disease and return home to their families, and we wish you the best of health and happiness in the years ahead. And we remember our patients who didn’t win the battle, their faces etched in our memories forever.

Thank you to everyone who wears a mask, socially distances and takes precautions no matter how exhausting it gets. Every day, CRNAs and other health care professionals spend hours masked up, gowned up and geared up to provide safe patient care while striving to keep themselves safe. 

We look forward to a return to normalcy long before CRNA Week 2022. Now, that will be something we can all celebrate.

Victor Martin

Franklin

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