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About KeithRN

KeithRN was established in 2012 by Keith Rischer, PhD, RN, CCRN, CEN, to lead the changes needed to transform nursing education and close the persistent gap between how nursing is taught and practiced. We create tools to engage students to become active participants in learning and empower nurse educators with innovative resources that develop clinical judgment so students graduate well-prepared for practice and licensure.

Over the past 10 years, KeithRN has continued to fulfill the company’s original commitment to designing products that integrate caring and educational best practices while emphasizing both the art and science of nursing.

KeithRN resources empower nurse educators to:

  • Reignite a passion for teaching by providing evidence-based tools and teaching strategies that engage students as active participants in their learning.
  • Ease faculty workload by providing organized, essential information that saves nursing educators precious time.
  • Help faculty “stay ahead of the curve” by routinely updating resources using research- and evidence-based practices.

Thousands of educators and students throughout the United States and in several foreign countries have successfully relied on KeithRN to help reach their teaching goals and improve student outcomes.


Our vision is to support nurse educators around the world with innovative teaching methods that integrate clinical judgment throughout the curriculum to prepare students for safe clinical practice and licensure.


KeithRN is based on the belief that serving others with caring and compassion reflects God’s care for humanity and is essential to provide holistic nursing care. Nursing faculty also need and deserve the same support in their essential role in developing tomorrow’s nurses to practice expert patient care and uphold the high public trust in our profession.

Meet Keith

Meet Keith

Keith Rischer, PhD, RN, CCRN, CEN, is the founder and creator of KeithRN. He began his nursing career working in long-term care, then with infants needing urgent care. He went on to build his career as an expert practitioner with certification as a critical care nurse (CCRN) and an emergency room nurse (CEN).

Ten years ago, while working full-time in the emergency room and teaching nursing students part-time in classroom and clinical settings, he realized the gap between how nursing was taught and practiced.

Driven by a passion for serving, empowering, inspiring, and educating the next generation of nurses, KeithRN was born.

Keith is now a nationally recognized nursing education innovator. By merging his clinical and educational expertise, he creates KeithRN clinical judgment resources for faculty that enable students to become active participants in the learning process.

As a researcher, he is recognized as a clinical judgment thought leader by emphasizing the important role clinical judgment plays in nursing practice to promote positive patient outcomes.

As an author, he has created reality-based case studies, textbooks, student handouts, and creative teaching strategies that are widely used by educators internationally to help students critically think and apply knowledge to complex patient scenarios.

His latest publication is Think Like a Nurse, a three-volume student textbook set that provides a practice-based perspective on essential content to improve the practice readiness of graduate nurses.

As an expert communicator, he is passionate about engaging nursing faculty and students through webinars, live social media presentations, and speaking at conferences and workshops on critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and educational strategies to close the academic-practice gap.


William Carey University: Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education and Administration, Summa Cum Laude

Bethel University: Arden Hills, Minnesota
Master’s in Nursing Education, Summa Cum Laude

Bethel University: Arden Hills, Minnesota
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Summa Cum Laude

Anoka Ramsey Community College: Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Associate of Arts-Nursing

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