Kathie L. Lasater, Ed.D.,R.N., A.N.E.F., F.A.A.N.

Kathi Lasater

Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing Portland Campus
3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, SN-4S
Portland, Ore. 97239
Phone: 503 494-8325
Fax: 503 494-4678
E-mail: lasaterk@ohsu.edu

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My primary goal in nursing education is to prepare students to become excellent clinical thinkers through the integration of theory, research, and pedagogy. To that end, my secondary goal is to support, collaborate with, and mentor faculty colleagues to do same. Soon after my own baccalaureate education, I recognized that my thinking had been transformed. To understand that transformation and be able to foster it in students has been the driving passion of my practice as an educator and researcher in clinical judgment, employing strategies that support learning and the development of clinical judgment, such as active learning, case studies, and simulation.

My philosophy of teaching is rooted in my understanding of what it means to facilitate learning. Learners come with a wealth of background of life experiences and learning. My role as facilitator is to create a learning community from and in which everyone, including me, can learn from each other, and to stimulate that learning in ways that engage learners from diverse backgrounds. As an extension of learners from diverse backgrounds, I strongly support and facilitate interprofessional education.

My desire to continuously improve my own and others’ education practice has led me to build a program of nursing education research. I was a pioneer in simulation research, studying simulation’s impact on students’ clinical judgment development and have recently expanded my research to explore clinical judgment development of new graduate nurses.  Studies have often involved collaboration with research partners, including national and international.

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Ed.D., Educational Leadership: Post-Secondary, Portland State University
M.S., Biologic Dysfunction, University of California, San Franciso
B.S., Nursing, University of Oregon School of Nursing (now OHSU)


NRS410: Population-based Care
NRS509AA: Teaching Practicum
N562/662: Assessment of Learning;
N563/663: Simulation in Clinical Education Funded Research: Redesigning Clinical Learning through Simulation and Practice, Co-PI, NLN.
NRS591/691: Online Teaching/Learning
Faculty Mini-Course: Online Teaching/Learning


The Effects of Structured Reflection for Clinical Judgment Development in New Graduates Transitioning into Practice, Co-PI. Funded by Beta Psi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau.

How Do Nursing Students' Backgrounds Impact Clinical Judgment (or Noticing and Interpreting)? An International Study: Australia, New Zealand, and United States, PI.

Oregon Geriatric Education Center. Evaluator/Co-Investigator. Funded by HRSA (2010-2015).

Service activities

OHSU SON Appointment, Promotion, &Tenure Committee
OHSU SON Accelerated Baccalaureate Curriculum Sub-Group Member
OHSU SON Faculty Affairs Committee Chair (2011-2014)
Assistant Editor, Nurse Education Today
Editorial Board, Nurse Educator
Scientific Review Committee, NETNEP International Conference

Publications (top 6)

Lasater, K., Nielsen, A., Stock, M., & Ostrogorsky, T. (in press). Evaluating clinical judgment of newly hired staff nurses. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing.

Lasater, K., Mood, L., Buchwach, D., & Dieckman, N. F. (2015). Reducing incivility in the workplace: Results of a three-part intervention (+ CE offering). Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 46(1), 15-24. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20141224-01.

Lasater, K., Johnson, E. A., Ravert, P., &Rink, D. (2014). Role-modeling clinical judgment in an older adult simulation. Journal of Nursing Education, 53(5), 257-264.

Lasater, K. (2011). Clinical judgment: The last frontier for evaluation. Nurse Education in Practice, 11(2), 86-92. doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2010.11.013.

Lasater, K. (2007). High fidelity simulation and the development of clinical judgment: Student experiences. Journal of Nursing Education, 46, 269-276.

Lasater, K. (2007). Clinical judgment development: Using simulation to create an assessment rubric. Journal of Nursing Education, 46, 496-503.