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Kaplan is selected to join ranks of leading nursing organization

Friday, August 01, 2014 - Updated: 6:33 AM

LACEY, Wash. -- Louise Kaplan, Ph.D., ARNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, formerly of Amsterdam, is one of 168 leaders in nursing chosen for induction as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Membership in the academy is among one of the nursing profession's most significant honors. Kaplan, St. Martin's University director of nursing, will be inducted in October at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The academy's mission is to serve the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through generating, synthesizing and disseminating nursing knowledge. It has a membership of more than 2,200 fellows from all 50 states and 24 countries.

"The American Academy of Nursing welcomes this stellar cohort of new fellows," says academy President Diana Mason. "As clinicians, researchers, educators, executives and leaders in all sectors of our society, they are joining the nation's thought leaders in nursing and health care."

Selection as a fellow is conferred upon nurse leaders who demonstrate evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care. Applications are reviewed, with selection based in part on "the extent the nominee's nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all," according to the academy.

Kaplan, an associate professor, published scholar and distinguished nurse educator, has led St. Martin's RN-to-BSN program in nursing since its establishment in the autumn of 2012. She is also a family nurse practitioner and maintains a clinical practice. Her 40-year career includes 17 years in academia, serving as a senior policy fellow for the American Nurses Association, and decades of clinical practice, advocacy and political and legislative work.

Kaplan's research has encompassed advanced practice registered nurse prescriptive authority and work force issues; prescribing competencies; Doctor of Nursing Practice education; and the influence of Washington state's nurse legislators in health policy. She has published numerous articles, conducted dozens of podium and poster presentations, and is co-editor of a book on prescribing for advanced practice registered nurses.

Kaplan has been active in numerous professional organizations, and in legislative and policy activities. Her involvement in the Washington State Nurses Association includes several elected and appointed positions, including two years as president. She also organized the association's first Nurse Legislative Day.

She serves on the board of directors and chairs the legislative committee of the ARNPS United of Washington State, and is a member of the Washington Nursing Action Coalition's education subcommittee.

Among her honors, Kaplan has received two teaching awards from the Washington State University College of Nursing, was inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame, received the health policy award from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Most recently, Kaplan successfully guided the St. Martin's nursing program through the process of national accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and state approval from the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

Kaplan described the St. Martin's RN-to-BSN Program as one that provides nursing education firmly rooted in the liberal arts and based on the most recent scientific evidence and best practices. The program strongly encourages graduate nursing education after completion of the baccalaureate degree and emphasizes leadership preparation for nurses in the work place, community and profession, she said.

Kaplan was born in Brooklyn and moved to Amsterdam in 1955. She graduated from high school in 1970 and from Simmons College in Boston in 1974 with a bachelor of arts in nursing. In 1981 she graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with an MN, which enabled her to become a family nurse practitioner. In 1992 she graduated from Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., with a Ph.D. in health policy. She was a volunteer candy striper at St. Mary's Hospital where she also worked as a nurse's aide while in high school and college.

She has two sons, Kai and Lee, who are both students at St. Martin's University, where she works.

Her father is Joel Kaplan of Amsterdam.

The Ph.D. is her highest degree; ARNP is her licensure in Washington as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner; FNP-BC is Family Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified; FAANP is Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, which is another honor for which she was selected in 2010.


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