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Articles by Louise Kaplan, PhD, ARNP

Opening doors: The practice degree that changes practice

Brown, Marie Annette; Kaplan, Louise

The Nurse Practitioner. 41(4):35-42, April 17th, 2016.

This descriptive, qualitative research study describes the educational experience and preparation for future practice of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduates at a Northwest university.

Medical marijuana: Legal and regulatory considerations

Kaplan, Louise

The Nurse Practitioner. 40(10):46-54, October 16th, 2015.

Nearly half of the United States have legalized medical marijuana. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in six of these states can authorize patients for medical marijuana use. Knowledge of legal and regulatory aspects of medical marijuana laws will protect an APRN's license and the public.

Faculty Perspectives About the DNP: A Study of Advocacy, Ambivalence, & Antagonism

Brown, Marie Annette; Kaplan, Louise

The Nurse Practitioner. 36(4):36-44, April 2011.

This article describes a study on faculty perspectives at the time of and two years after implementation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Washington School of Nursing.

Prescribing Controlled Substances: How NPs in Washington are making a difference

Kaplan, Louise; Brown, Marie-Annette; Donahue, Jeri S.

The Nurse Practitioner. 35(5):47-53, May 2010.

Washington State NPs have had fully autonomous prescribing and practice since a 2005 law removed the requirement for a joint practice agreement with a physician to prescribe schedule II-IV drugs. Nonetheless, research reveals that not all NPs prescribe controlled substances nor do all NPs feel fully autonomous. For NPs, attaining autonomy has required the unwavering diligence of nurse leaders and activists. Unfortunately, a conundrum exists that encumbers the process.

Barriers to Autonomous Practice

Kaplan, Louise; Brown, Marie-Annette; Andrilla, Holly; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 31(1):57-63, January 2006.

This article describes a Washington State law enacted in 2000 that mandated indirect physician involvement and a study on whether or not this eliminated barriers to nurse practitioner (NP) practice. The study also investigated the impact this had on Schedule II-IV prescriptive authority for NPs. Using the research from this article in testimony, NPs were able to eliminate the indirect physician involvement requirement in 2005.

Prescriptive Authority and Barriers to NP Practice

Kaplan, Louise; Brown, Marie-Annette

The Nurse Practitioner. 29(3):28-35, March 2004.

For decades, nurse practitioners (NPs) have faced a myriad of difficulties as they attempted to provide comprehensive patient care, including pharmacological therapies. NPs have also struggled to remove constraints on their ability to practice to the full extent of their potential. Intensive legislative and regulatory work has been necessary to advance autonomous NP practice. Safriet's 1992 seminal analysis of constraints on the scope of NP practice, prescriptive authority, and eligibility for reimbursement continues to provide important guidance for removing barriers to practice.