Donna Riemer is a Registered Nurse, Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse (PMHN-RN), whose work includes external consulting and peer educator. She currently works as a Nurse Consultant at the Department of Health Services (DHS) Bureau of Prevention, Treatment & Recovery (BPTR), within the Division of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (DMHSAS) in Madison, Wisconsin. She is also an author and co-author whose national and international publications are viewed in the 2013 Poster Publication at the 27th Annual APNA Conference in San Antonio, Texas; In: M. Sears, Humanizing Healthcare: Creating Cultures of Compassion; International Association of Forensic Nursing (IAFN) On The Edge Newsletter, in both 2007 and 2009.
With experience in geriatrics, hospice, mental health, domestic violence, and forensic nursing, and having worked with ages across the lifespan, Ms. Riemer specializes in violence and trauma prevention. In addition, she holds certifications in Clinical Traumatology and as a Compassion Fatigue Specialist. Her career spans over 25 years of experience as a health care leader, educator, advocate and provider.
Donna receives accolades as a recipient of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association (APNA) 2013 Excellence in Nursing Practice RN-PMH Award, the 2009 International Association of Forensic Nursing (IAFN) Achievement Award and is recognized as Wisconsin’s “Nurse of the Year” in 2000. She is an active member of IAFN, APNA, and American Nurses Association (ANA).
Ms. Riemer’s passion lies in applications of her knowledge, skills and abilities and research outcomes to educate nursing students and veteran nurses, to language, behavior, beliefs and attitudes supporting trauma sensitivity through the lens of the Nursing Practice Act and Standards of Care. Educating nursing staff and students to the dynamics of trauma informed care at the intersection of recovery principles and ethical standards in ways encouraging them to take knowledge with them into their careers, communities, families and relationships can only enhance patient care, support attitudes of do no harm, promote recovery of patients, their families and communities as well as increase the credibility of the profession.