Rieker Elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists

December 23, 2008

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Michael Rieker, D.N.P., C.R.N.A., director of the nurse anesthesia program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been elected secretary-treasurer of the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists (CCNA).

“Our nurse anesthesia educational program at WFUBMC is among the top 10 percent in the country and has produced national and international authority figures in nurse anesthesia,” said Rieker. “It is an honor to now be serving the profession by guiding the present and future of our professional certification process.”

The CCNA is a national board whose primary purpose is to protect and serve the public by assuring that individuals who are credentialed have met predetermined qualifications or standards for providing nurse anesthesia services. They are responsible for determining certification criteria, as well as the creation, administration and evaluation of the National Certification Examination for more than 2,000 nurse anesthetists annually.

Rieker earned his bachelor of science in nursing at Pennsylvania State University. He completed a master of science in nurse anesthesia and doctorate of nursing practice at Rush University.

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