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Meet Keith

Meet Keith

Keith Rischer, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, CEN, is an author, nurse educator, and expert clinician with more than 35 years of experience in various settings, including the emergency department, critical care, and rapid response team.

Keith began his education by earning an associate degree in nursing at a local community college, followed by his baccalaureate degree. To pursue his passion for teaching, Keith obtained his master’s in nursing education and, recently, his PhD in nursing education and administration from William Carey University. He is also certified in emergency nursing (CEN) and critical care (CCRN).

As a researcher, Keith is recognized as a thought leader on clinical judgment and its importance for safe nursing practice and improving patient outcomes.

As an author, Keith has created clinical reasoning case studies, textbooks, student handouts, and creative teaching strategies that educators widely use to help students apply knowledge using clinical judgment skills to complex patient scenarios.

As an expert communicator, Keith 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.

In addition to being the CEO for KeithRN, Keith enjoys playing tennis and reading when he has downtime. Keith’s favorite roles are those of husband, father to five adult children, and grandpa to six grandchildren, with one more on the way!


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