Building Leaders from the Beginning: Using ATI Solutions to Promote Professional Growth in Nursing Students

Building Leaders from the Beginning: Using ATI Solutions to Promote Professional Growth in Nursing Students

Nursing students need opportunities to learn, practice and develop leadership behaviors throughout enrollment in a nursing program. Introducing leadership behaviors at the beginning of a program promotes better student performance and eventually produces nurse graduates who are better equipped to effectively navigate the healthcare workplace. Creative use of ATI solutions such as Nurse’s Touch, Civility Mentor, The Leader, and The Communicator at select points of a curriculum can facilitate ongoing development and strengthening of leadership knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the need for improved leadership skills in nurse graduates.
  • Determine key points in curriculum where professional development is crucial.
  • Identify creative strategies to use ATI Solutions in the classroom to build leadership development in nursing students.


Kerri L. Weber, DNP, MSN

Kerri Weber, DNP, MSN, RN is an Integration Specialist Nurse Educator and has worked for ATI since 2014 where she started out on the Post-Grad team. She has an MSN in nursing education and a DNP in educational leadership. Dr. Weber brings 17 years of nursing experience that includes med/surg, telemetry, and stepdown as well as school nursing. She began her nursing education career in 2009 as a med/surg clinical instructor and has taught in traditional, online, and hybrid classrooms as well as high-fidelity simulation and skills laboratories. Her course experience includes Fundamentals, Med/Surg, Geriatrics, and Critical Care. She has taught nursing students at the practical/vocational, associate, and baccalaureate levels. Her leadership experience includes serving as a Director of Nursing for a Vocational Nursing program. Her research interests include nursing leadership, nursing education, active learning strategies, adult learning, and technology in learning. Dr. Weber resides in southern California with her son and dog.