Dr. Jackie Rowles is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and Board-Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner who is also board certified as a Non-Surgical Pain Management specialist. She is well-known leader and educator within the US and at the international level for her expertise in pain management and her dedication and advocacy efforts to increase recognition of Nurse Anesthetists as a means toward bringing surgical access to the 5 billion people in the world who currently cannot access timely essential or emergent surgical care. Dr. Rowles is a sought-out speaker both for nursing and interdisciplinary events.
Dr. Rowles is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Director of the Advanced Pain Management Fellowship in the Texas Christian University School of Nurse Anesthesia. She was instrumental in starting, and strengthening, pain management specialty training for CRNAs, including founding and directing the first CRNA interventional pain management cadaver course, co-founding the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists advanced pain management seminar series and an academic post master’s certificate in advanced pain management which became the first accredited Fellowship for CRNAs. Dr. Rowles served as an item writer for the specialty board certification examination in Non-Surgical Pain Management instituted in 2015.
Currently serving in her fourth term as President of the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA), Dr. Rowles is a former president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and served on the American Academy of Pain Management's (AAPM) Board of Directors for eight years with four years as Treasurer, and was a Nursing Organizations Alliance (NOA) Board Member, serving as Treasurer, and a G4 Alliance (Global Alliance for Surgery, Trauma, Obstetrics and Anesthesia Care) Board Member for 3 years serving as treasurer. Rowles has served as an accreditation team member for the IFNA‘s Anesthesia Program Approval Process and for a Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Program’s Fellowship Program Review. She currently serves on the AANA Non Surgical Pain Management task force. Dr. Rowles is a member of the Ball State University College of Health Advisory Council (Muncie, Indiana, USA). She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2013 and selected for induction into the inaugural class of AANA Fellows.
Dr. Rowles is the recipient of numerous leadership and service awards including the Ball State University Outstanding Nursing Alumni award, 2005 AANA Alice Magaw Outstanding Clinical Practitioner award, 2009 Outstanding Hoosier Gubernatorial award, 2012 AANA Agatha Hodgins award for Outstanding Accomplishment, and the 2018 International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists Hermi Lohnert award for Outstanding Global Leadership and Education.
Dr. Rowles was the lead researcher for the history of nurse anesthetists in IFNA member countries, a multiple chapter author, and a co-editor for the soon to be published book A Global Voice for Nurse Anesthesia: The International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (1989-2021). She was a member of the IFNA-ICN Task Force for development of the ICN Guidelines for Advanced Practice Nursing: Nurse Anesthetist which were released on Global Surgery Day, May 25th, 2021.