Lisa Riggs, Secretary

AACN Board
July 2014 – June 2015


Lisa Riggs, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, serves the second of a three-year term as a director on the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) board of directors and begins a one-year term as secretary from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.

Riggs is a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas. She previously served as director of quality and patient safety at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

She also served as program director of CV quality at Saint Luke’s from 2008–2013 and as clinical director of patient care services from 2008–2010. From 1997–2008, she was a clinical nurse and clinical nurse specialist.

Riggs has a longtime relationship with AACN and has been actively involved in the Greater Kansas City Chapter since 1990, serving twice as president/president-elect and as secretary, CCRN review coordinator and publication coordinator.

An AACN ambassador from 2002–2012, Riggs has served twice as chair of AACN’s Evidence-Based Practice Resource Work Group and served on the AACN Nominating Committee in 2008–2009.

She presented at AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in 2004, 2008 and 2011 and served on the NTI ExpoEd Quality Surveyors team in 2008–2009. Riggs also is a member of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), where she was on the planning committee for the ACC/i2 Summit from 2008–2012.

She was a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine from 2005–2008 and the Society of Chest Pain Centers and Providers in 2003, serving on its Competency and Training Standards Task Force. In 2011, she was co-lead of the State of Missouri Time Critical Diagnosis STEMI Quality reporting regulations.

Riggs earned a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Missouri in Kansas City and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.


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