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Kathie L. Lasater, Ed.D.,R.N., A.N.E.F., F.A.A.N. NCLEX Next Gen: Building Clinical Judgement


  • 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

Captain Kevin Miller, Chief Pilot-Delta SLC Base NCLEX Next Gen: Teamwork and Communication in Simulation Practice: how we trap errors



  • Captain Miller was born in Kansas City, Missouri and since age 8 years, grew up in Denver Colorado.  He knew he wanted to be a pilot since high school. He was accepted to both the Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy; he chose the Naval Academy. After graduating the Naval Academy with a in Aerospace Engineering,  Captain Miller joined the  U. S. Marine Corps. (The Marine Corps is part of the Department of the Navy).
  • The precursor to the Marine Corps is The Basic School (TBS) which is a school that teaches the Marine Corps officer those basic marine officer operational skills. Upon graduating from TBS,  Captain Miller completed flight training with the Navy and flew the A-6 Intruder attack aircraft. While flying the A-6, there were two six-month deployments:  one to Japan and one aboard an aircraft carrier. Captain Miller’s favorite comment about flying is that “flying on and off of an aircraft carrier is one of the hardest and most exciting things that I have ever done in my life!”
  • In 2011 he became an A320 Line Check Pilot. When a pilot new to an aircraft type finishes simulator training, their first several flights are with a Line Check Pilot. In 2017 he became a Lead Line Check Pilot where he headed up a team of Line Check Pilots and helped develop flight policies and procedures. As a Line Check Pilot there are two duties: flight instructor and flight performance evaluator. Ultimately the Line Check Pilot’s end goal is to ensure the highest level of flight safety through teaching processes which trap errors. Trapping errors might also be a major focus of interest to healthcare.

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