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Member Template - Letter to Senator

Dear Members: 

I’ve had a lot of people ask me what they can do to help. One thing that we all can do is write to our Senators. Below is an example of a letter you can write. Thank you, Ben Huls, for the example. If you do not know who your senator is, you can find out here.

Kris Rohde
NANA President

Dear Senator _______,

As a CRNA (Nurse Anesthetist) in ________, I believe it is imperative to begin testing Nebraska frontline providers IMMEDIATELY for immunity of COVID-19 following suit of Governor Cuomo of NY. Anesthesiologists and Nurse Anesthetists are at great risk during Aerosolizing Generating Procedures (AGPs), such as intubation and extubation of emergent surgical patients, as well as caring for known or suspected Covid19 patients in our ICUs.

The immunity test will be of great value to reduce the waste of PPE in Nebraska. It would eliminate the shortage of PPE nationwide if we know which providers do or do not need to use an N-95 Mask or PAPR system (enclosed breathing system). It is not the known or suspected patient that will infect our frontline providers caring for Nebraskans, it is the unknown carrier. We are treating all patients as potential carriers and will be going through N95 masks and PPE as we care for patients in our hospitals.

As we postpone our elective cases in the area, the need will go down only some. There are patients who require urgent and emergent care, and we, as healthcare providers, will continue to provide that care. Help us to reduce the waste and use of PPE by urging the state leadership to acquire immunity testing ASAP. Thank you for your support.



_________, CRNA