Donna Riemer is a Registered Nurse, Board Certified Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse (PMHN-RN), whose work includes external consulting and peer educator. With a healthcare career working with persons and families that includes ages across the life span, and spanning over 25 years, she has earned recognition from collegues as the 2000 Wisconsin Nurse of the Year, 2009 International Association Forensic Nursing (IAFN) Achievement Award, and the 2013 American Psychiatric Nursing Association RN-PMHN Award for Excellence in Practice.
In addition to consulting, 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 a specialty in trauma and violence prevention, Ms. Riemer’s passion lies in applications of her abilities to educate nurses, interdisciplinary team members, and anyone interested as to knowledge, skills, attitudes, language, & behaviors required to support trauma sensitivity through the lens of the Nursing Practice Act and Standards of Care. Providing education around 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 in any setting, as well as support attitudes of do no harm, promote recovery for individuals, their families and communities as well as increase the credibility of the profession.