Rural Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Class A Credits: 0.75

Format: Video

Course Launch Date: 10/15/20

Course Expires: 10/14/21

Understand challenge and opportunities that rural CRNAs face during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AANA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #10862.

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  • Describe challenges and opportunities that rural CRNAs face during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Describe special considerations, such as the use of PPE and safe intubation techniques, during the anesthetic and critical care management of COVID-19 patients in rural areas of the country.
  • Discuss CRNA engagement in other hospital activities to help decrease the spread of COVID-19.

Evan Koch, MSN, CRNA

Evan Koch is a 1987 graduate of the Kaiser Permanente Program of Nurse Anesthesia in Los Angeles.


Initially Evan practiced in San Diego at the University of California before specializing in OB anesthesia at a small hospital on the US-Mexico border. He then spent 2 years working in a rural hospital for the Indian Health Service in Fort Defiance Arizona. Evan is now a partner in Evergreen Anesthesia Associates covering 2 rural hospitals in the Yakima Valley of Washington State.

Sarah Tweedy, DNP, CRNA

Sarah Tweedy has been CRNA for a little over 3 years in Northeastern Iowa working for Iowa Anesthesia L.C. which provides anesthesia and/or pain services to 12 different hospitals.   She started with this all CRNA group right after graduation which provides perioperative, OB, trauma and other services and has been providing chronic pain management for a little over a year. She is also involved in both state and national associations. 

Tyler Higginson, MSNA, CRNA, APNP

Mr. Higginson is the current President of the Wisconsin Association of Nurse Anesthetists who practices at a Critical Access Hospital in Waupaca Wisconsin with two other CRNAs.  He has been practicing full time in a Rural setting for 3 years following 3 years of working in the VA health system after 8 years of Care Team practice in Suburban Wisconsin.

Willie Furr, DNP, CRNA

Willie Furr is the owner of an all CRNA group who provides full-service anesthesia services to a rural hospital in Alabama, which is the only hospital providing Obstetrical services in our area. Furr is a Navy Veteran and graduated from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with MSN anesthesia concentration in 2004. Furr later earned his DNP from Troy University in 2016. Additionally, Furr is the President-Elect of the Alabama Association of Nurse Anesthetists (ALANA). He is active in local, state, and federal policies that influence and shape the scope of practice for CRNA’s his my state.