Louise Kaplan, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

Candidate for Washington State Representative (Incumbent)

Campaign Message:

It has been a privilege to serve you as the Washington State Representative. With the support of AANP, I have been able to advocate for rescinding Medicaid rules that prohibited NPs from ordering home health and supplies. Now that Medicare law allows NPs to order home health and supplies for both Medicare and Medicaid patients, I have continued to monitor the state regulatory process to assure state Medicaid rules are repealed prior to the end of the National Public Health Emergency. I have developed strong relationships with AANP leadership and staff who assist me in serving you well. I would appreciate your support for one more term as your representative.

Biographical Statement
Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

Associate Professor Washington State University and FNP Tumwater Family Practice Clinic

AANP/ACNP Leadership Experience

I am the current Washington State AANP Representative. I also served on the AANP Network for Research Advisory Group. I have chaired the legislative committee and served on the board of directors of ARNPs United of Washington State for nine of the last 10 years. I serve on the editorial board of The Nurse Practitioner journal and serve as a column editor. I serve on the annual conference planning committee for the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. I am the sole NP representative on the state's Bree Collaborative Primary Care panel. I was the sole NP on the state's Office of Fiscal Management Primary Care Expenditures advisory panel.

Biggest Challenge Facing NPs and How AANP Can Help

I think the continued existence of restricted practice and proliferation of transition to practice laws impede the ability of NPs to practice to their full potential. While transition to practice laws may seem at first glance an improvement, they represent medicine's continued ability to control nurse practitioners. This requires a cultural shift in addition to legislative and regulatory change. AANP needs to continue to do what it is already doing - educate NPs about the implications of pending laws, build coalitions with other healthy professions including medicine, and educate legislators about the power of the NBP workforce.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

I have extensive experience in organizations large and small local, sate and national. I have served in many elected and appointed positions for the Washington State Nurses Association, including president, and learned how to lead a board, form an effective team, manage a large budget and work collaboratively with staff. I have extensive experience in WA State promoting collaboration among the various ARNP organizations. I have experience with state regulation as a pro tem member of the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and through my advocacy. Understanding the regulatory process is as important as understanding the legislative process with which I am also deeply familiar. I am well organized, always fulfill my commitments and have the ability to inspire others to engage. I mentor and support others in their leadership development. I also have the capacity to be a mediator and create common ground. I have ben working for reimbursement parity since 2002 through the regulatory process, legal process and now legislative process. It took 10 years of working with the chair of the House Health Care Committee to persuade her to permit dropping legislation which is a success.

If Elected, I Propose to Advance the AANP Mission as Follows:

I will use the resources and support of AANP to advocate for legislation, rules, and educational innovations to better prepare AANP members and all NPs to provide high quality health care. I will use my research and volunteer service to inform NPs, policymakers, health care organizations, consumers and other stakeholders about the important contributions of NPs to improving the health of residents of our state and nation. I also commit to preparing the next generation of NPs to assume responsibility for continued efforts on behalf of NPs and healthcare consumers.