Park Ridge, Ill. – The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) congratulates Indiana resident Jacqueline Rowles, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), MBA, MA, ANP-BC, FAAPM, DPNAP on her induction as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Rowles will be inducted during the AAN’s annual meeting, taking place October 19, 2013 in Washington D.C.
Rowles brings nearly two decades of nurse anesthesia experience, and is considered an expert in pain management. Rowles is the first nurse anesthetist in Indiana to work exclusively in the field of comprehensive pain management, and she led the way in the protection and expansion of CRNA pain services both at the state and national levels. She also developed and taught the first interventional pain management cadaver course for CRNAs. Rowles currently practices at Meridian Pain Group in Indianapolis, Ind.
“Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing affords me the opportunity to partner with other nurse leaders from around the country to address current health care disparities that affect our communities each and every day,” said Rowles. “It is an enormous honor to be recognized by the Academy for my work. I would like to share this honor with my fellow nurse anesthetists who I know have the same dedication and determination to provide our patients with the highest possible quality care.”
The AAN’s purpose is to track national and international trends in healthcare, and create and execute policy-related initiatives to help reform of America’s healthcare system. Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and healthcare and sponsorship by two Academy Fellows. Of more than 3 million licensed practicing nurses in the United States, Rowles is one of the select 172 nurses to be named a 2013 Academy Fellow, joining the 2,068 nursing leaders who make up the AAN.
In September 2013, Rowles was appointed to the Inter Agency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, an a advisory committee created by the Department of Health and Human Services and National Institute of Health to enhance pain research efforts. As part of the committee, Rowles is one of 19 officials who will work diligently toward the goal of advancing the fundamental understanding of pain and improving pain-related treatment and strategies.
Rowles is the former interim executive director of the AANA, and a past president of the Indiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and the AANA. Today, she maintains leadership roles as the treasurer of the American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM), and US Country National Representative and first vice president of the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA). As first vice president of IFNA, Rowles works to further the organization’s mission of advancing the educational standards and practices of nurse anesthesiology, thereby enhancing quality anesthesia care worldwide. The IFNA currently has 41 country members.
Rowles earned her master’s degree in biology from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Mo, and a master’s degree in business administration from Memphis State University in Memphis, Tenn. Rowles earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. She earned her certificate in nurse anesthesia from Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo, and an Adult Nurse Practitioner post master’s certificate from Ball State University. Rowles is credentialed as a Fellow in the American Academy of Pain Management.
Her honors include awards as the 2012 AANA Agatha Hodgins Award for Outstanding Accomplishment, 2005 AANA Alice Magaw Outstanding Clinical Practitioner, 2010 Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia Outstanding Alumni, 2011 Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice for Nursing, 2009 Indiana Distinguished Hoosier Gubernatorial Award, 2002 Indiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists Excellence Award and the 1999 Ball State University Outstanding Nursing Alumnae.