Donna M. Riemer, Forensic Psychiatrist & Mental Health Nurse, Registered Nurse Consultant, Certified Traumatologist

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    Job Title :
    Forensic Psychiatric Nurse

    Areas of Treatment :
    Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing

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    Location :
    Madison, 53704 United States

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    Description of Practice :

    Ms. Riemer is a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse, Registered Nurse Consultant and Certified Traumatologist with more then 20 years of clincal experience. Her experiences include: civil and forensic nursing, acute and chronic psychiatric/ mental health, working with both children and adults,  and long-term and end of life care. As an experienced clinician, responsibilities have included working as Primary Care, Nurse Manager, Nurse Educator,  & Director of Nursing Services. In addition, Ms. Riemer has worked with children and women victims of dometic and intimate partner violence in a shelter  setting and on a 24 hour crisis line.  

    As a Nurse Leader, Ms. Riemer has been recogized by her peers as recipient of the Wisconsin Outstanding Nurse of the year in 2000, The International Association of Forensic Nursing Achievemement Award in 2009, and International Association of Nurses Top Nurse in Madison Wisconsin in 2010.  As a pioneer in the development of programming that has reduced violence and trauma by utilizing a combination of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies, programming includes a focus on care providers and consumers partnering together to create a sanctuary (safe place) that promotes recovery.  She has published the results of her teams programming in  On The Edge: The official news letter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN).  The articles, entitled Application Of Core Strategies: Reducing Selcustion & Restraint, Vol. 13, number 3 and Creating Sanctuary In a Maximum Security Forensic Psychiatric Unit, Vol. 15, number 1, were published in Fall, 2007 & Spring, 2009 respectively. 

    In addition, as a Certified Traumatologist, Ms. Riemer travels the state to present at conferences and hospitals in order to provide education on topics that include sanctuary, trauma informed care,  & therapeutic communication, with the hopes of helping care providers to create a trauma informed, and violent free Wisconsin.  Her audiances also include consumers, schools (teachers and students), shelters, and anyone interested in learning how to reduce trauma and violence in any setting.  

    Areas of Expertise :
    20 Years

    Education/Degree :
    Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire Wisconsin

    Year Graduated :

    Board Certification :
    Registered Nurse, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse, Certified Traumatologist

    How do you try to make a difference in the lives of your patients?
    Teching how to get needs met without violence and trauma to self/ others

    Professional Society Memberships :
    Volunteer for Promoting Awareness,Victim Empowerment (PAVE), American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), APNATask Force- Work Place Violence, International Association of Nurses (IAN)

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    Honors and Awards :

    • Awarded: Wisconsin Outstanding Nurse Of The Year - 2000,
    • Awarded: International Association Forensic Nurses (IAFN), Achievement Award 2009
    • Awarded: International Association Nursing (IAN) Top Forensic Psychiatric Nurse In Madison, Wisconsin

    Articles/Publications :
    Core Strategies: Reducing Seclusion & Restraint, & Creating Sanctuary In A Maximum Security Forensic Psychaitric Hospital Unit

    What made you choose a career in nursing?

    The desire, passion and a calling to help others, and to be a leader in helping others to learn healthy ways to get needs met without resorting to violence and truama.

    What motivates you at the start of each day?

    A desire to make a difference.

    Attributes Success To:

    Hard Work, Dedication, Passion for the Industry

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    Place of Birth :
    Chicago, IL

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    Hobbies/Sports :
    Reading, Exercise, Music

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