Park Ridge, Ill. — The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) congratulates Winston-Salem resident Michael Rieker, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), DNP on his induction as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Rieker will be inducted during the AAN’s annual meeting, taking place October 19, 2013 in Washington D.C.
The AAN’s purpose is to track national and international trends in healthcare, and create and execute policy-related initiatives to help reform America’s healthcare system. Out of more than 3 million licensed practicing nurses in the United States, Rieker 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.
“Healthcare reform is at the forefront of public dialogue today. However, there are numerous opportunities to improve our system which reach far beyond access to health insurance, which dominates the current conversation. Nurses have an opportunity to play a leading role in improving the system,” said Rieker. “As an Academy fellow, I feel honored to become part of this esteemed group of nursing leaders which will contribute to a positive transformation of our healthcare system.”
Rieker currently works at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem as the director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program and as an adjunct assistant professor within the Department of Anesthesiology. As the program director, Rieker introduced a global studies initiative, which has been influential in extending the program’s reach to numerous countries. Through Rieker’s work the organization Kybele Inc., a nonprofit that is dedicated to improving a childbirth safety, he was instrumental in establishing a nurse anesthesia training program in Ghana. The Wake Forest Nurse Anesthesia Program is ranked seventh in the country, and is the first in the United Sates and the second in the world to receive full accreditation by the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists.
Rieker is also an adjunct faculty member at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, and visiting associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
A CRNA for nearly 20 years, Rieker’s professional experience includes working as a staff and chief nurse anesthetist, clinical instructor, consultant, and serving as a subject matter expert on topics such as obstetrical anesthesia, office surgery anesthetics, and pulmonary physiology in relationship to anesthesia. He has also served two terms on the board of directors of the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.
His scholarly achievements include speaking at more than 75 national, state, and international venues, spanning seven countries. He has authored and co-authored journal articles, book chapters, and research abstracts in publications such as the AANA Journal, Nurse Anesthesia, Case Studies in Nurse Anesthesia, and Pharmacology for the Nurse Anesthetist.
Rieker earned his doctorate in nursing and master’s degree in nurse anesthesia at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. He received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Penn.