Karen B. Lasater, PhD, RN is an Assistant Professor at Penn's School of Nursing in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research. Her program of research utilizes a health services research framework and quantitative methods to study the impact of nursing on patient outcomes. Currently, Dr. Lasater is studying the effects of hospital nursing resources on patient care at the end of life. Her published work has found that end of life care quality is more favorable in hospitals that invest in the embedded human capital of nurses, through fostering strong nurse-physician collegial relationships, enabling nurses to practice with a high degree of clinical autonomy, and having nursing representation in the highest levels of leadership.
Dr. Lasater received her BSN from Quinnipiac University. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed her postdoctoral training.