Louise Kaplan

Louise Kaplan, PhD

Washington State University
College of Nursing


Louise Kaplan is a lead investigator on the Rural PREP study “Routes to Rural Readiness: Enhancing Clinical Training Experiences for Nurse Practitioner Practice in Rural Primary Care.” Dr. Kaplan is an associate professor in the Washington State University College of Nursing with more than 20 years of academic experience. A family nurse practitioner since 1981, Louise maintains part-time clinical practice including 15 years in a rural community. Her PhD focused on health policy. She has conducted research and published on a variety of topics including NP rural practice; NP education; and APRN workforce issues, prescribing of controlled substances, and prescriptive authority. Active in many professional organizations, she chairs the legislative committee of ARNPs United of Washington State and serves on the organization’s Board of Directors. Louise is a member of the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame, and a Fellow of American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nursing.