Donna Riemer receives 2009 Achievement Award for work with NVC in Psychiatric Hospital

Donna Riemer receives 2009 Achievement Award from the International Association of Forensic Nurses for work with NVC in Psychiatric Hospital.

CNVC Local Supporter Donna Riemer was recognized with a 2009 Achievement Award from the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), in part because of her article “Creating Sanctuary: Reducing Violence in a Maximum Security Forensic Psychiatric Hospital”. The AFN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD recognizes individuals for significant contributions made in the advancement of the scientific practice of Forensic Nursing through research and publications.

In the article she describes the use of NVC by patients and care providers “…to get needs met without violence.  Weekly community meetings in the form of NVC Problem Solving Meetings have been added to the unit schedule.  In these community meetings, patients  and care providers come together to discuss issues that have come up during the week, clarify unit expectations, and problem solve concerns together as a team.  Education is provided using role play of difficult situations to demonstrate how to resolve conflicts using NVC skills along with practice of emotional regulation skills.  Members also take time to express empathy, give gratitude, and celebrate successes together as a community.”

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Donna Riemer, works as the Clinical Outreach Director for Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE). PAVE uses social, educational and legislative tactics to shatter the silence of sexual violence. PAVE's work is based in education and action to stop sexual violence before it starts by challenging cultural norms that encourage violence or ignore the spectrum of sexual abuse. Additionally, PAVE strives to empower victims and survivors by creating an awareness and response to any injustices done to them. Through being both prevention and awareness focused, PAVE is working to end sexual violence on all fronts.

Donna Riemer, is a Board Certified, Psychiatric &  Mental Health Nurse, Registered Nurse Consultant and Certified Traumatologist with over 20 years of clinical nursing experience. She has provided care in these areas as primary care giver, nurse leader, nurse educator, and nurse manager. Ms. Riemer has also worked as a crisis intervention worker in a shelter for women and children of domestic abuse and intimate partner violence.

IAFN is an international membership organization comprised of forensic nurses working around the world and other professionals who support and compliment the work of forensic nursing. The mission of the IAFN is to provide leadership in forensic nursing practice by developing, promoting, and disseminating information internationally about forensic nursing science.

Congratulations, Donna.

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