View from the front lines: How the pandemic has shifted the role of CRNAs

Throughout the pandemic, MPR News Host Cathy Wurzer has been talking with health care workers whose day-to-day lives have been turned upside down.

This week, she spoke with Eric Swanlund, president of the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists and a CRNA at the Minneapolis VA. Under normal circumstances, CRNAs manage patients’ anesthesia before, during and after surgery. But in the pandemic, many are now on the front lines.

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