Klenke-Borgmann brings simulation research expertise to joint position as nurse scientist at The University of Kansas Health System
Klenke-Borgmann's doctoral research examined how clinical judgment could be taught and measured in undergraduate nursing programs. Her work at the health system is showing how simulation education can make a difference for nurses in practice.
Laura Klenke-Borgmann, Ph.D., RN, CHSE, is bridging the gap between academia and practice in nursing and health care on a daily basis.
Klenke-Borgmann began a 0.6 FTE position as a nursing research scientist at The University of Kansas Health System in August 2021. This followed a year-long fellowship in Patient Safety through Simulation, funded by the health system, during which she collaborated with health system stakeholders to develop priority objectives and simulation-based training for safe nursing care pertaining to the concept of failure to rescue in deteriorating patients.
“Working with nurses who work directly with patients is certainly gratifying,” said Klenke-Borgmann. “Simulation is an educational strategy, provided in a safe space, that requires higher-order thinking to develop clinical judgment and decision-making abilities among nurses.”
Klenke-Borgmann is a simulation research expert. Her doctoral research examined how clinical judgment could be taught and measured in large classroom settings in undergraduate nursing programs. Further work at the health system is showing how simulation education can make a difference for nurses in practice.
A member of the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) and a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE), Klenke-Borgmann brings much expertise when designing learning and research for health system professionals. She also serves on the AACN Essentials Tool Kit Task Force on Clinical Judgment, is part of the National Clinical Judgment and Nursing Education Outcomes Research Group, and was recently named as a participant of the 2022 National League for Nursing Simulation Leadership Institute.
Klenke-Borgmann’s dissertation was titled “The Effect of Inter-Professional Simulations in the Classroom on Pre-Licensure, Baccalaureate Nursing Students' Clinical Judgment Development.” She holds a Ph.D. in nursing from Villanova University, a master of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of science in nursing from Purdue University.
She continues to teach undergraduate students in two pathophysiology courses at KU School of Nursing in the fall and spring.