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Dr. Tracy Klein, PhD, FNP, ARNP, FAAN, FAANP

Associate Professor

Departments: Nursing
Phone: (360) 546-9142
Located in Library (VLIB) 210 G


Office Hours: By arrangement


I am a family nurse practitioner with practice in both primary and urgent care. I am a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. In addition to the College of Nursing at WSU, I also hold affiliate appointments in Prevention Science, and Public Affairs. I am a preceptor and affiliate faculty with the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy in the PharmD program, and serve on the Oregon Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee as the Vice-Chair.

Course IDTitleSemester
NURS 563Advanced PharmacologyFall 2020
NURS 573Rational PrescribingSpring 2021



I have more than 20 years of experience in policy analysis and development at a state, regional, national and international level in addition to continuous clinical practice across the lifespan. My research concerns the interface between public policy and prescribing patterns as they relate to practitioner, patient and institutional factors.

My dissertation focused on validation of competencies developed to enact statutory changes to Clinical Nurse Specialist prescriptive authority. These statutory changes first enabled and then expanded this authority in Oregon to include controlled substances. As part of my dissertation research and funding I completed a four year fellowship with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s Institute for Regulatory Excellence.

Funded Research

Covid-19 Health Professional Policy Persistence Study. Co-PIs Tracy Klein, PhD and Louise Kaplan, PhD. Washington State University Vancouver mini-grant ($5,000). July 2020-July 2021.

Washington State University Advanced Nursing Practice for Rural Underserved in Eastern Washington (WSU-ANEW2). PI Janet Purath, PhD. Co-Is Tracy Klein, PhD, Louise Kaplan, PhD, Marion Wilson, PhD, Tamara Odom-Maryon, PhD, andf Anne Mason, DNP. HRSA Divison of Nursing and Public Health ($2,772,188). July 2019- June 2023.

Rethinking Education on Substance Use through Interprofessional Education and Rural Community Training (RESPECT). HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce ($1,792,817). PI Dawnelise Dewitt, MD, Co-Is Brenda Bray, PharmD, Tracy Klein, PhD, Matthew Layton, MD, Connie Remsberg, PharmD PhD, Barbara Richardson, PhD and Marian Wilson, PhD. July 2019-June 2024.

Unintentional Marijuana Exposures Among Children: A National Policy Evaluation. DMAc Grant, State of Washington. PI Janessa Graves, PhD. ($29,149).Tracy Klein, PhD, Policy Consultant, Co-I. January 2019-August 2020.

Hiring, Credentialing, and Privileging Nurse Practitioners as Hospitalists. Co-PIs Tracy Klein, PhD and Louise Kaplan, PhD. National Council of State Boards of Nursing Center for Regulatory Excellence  ($146,583)  February 2019-July 2020.

Characteristics, Supply and Impact of Expanded Prescriptive Authority for Medication Assisted Therapy. PI Tracy Klein, PhD, Co-I Daniel Hartung, MPH, PharmD. Washington State University External Mentors Program ($4,000). November 2018-June 2019.

Knowledge, Practices and Attitudes Regarding Marijuana for Medical Conditions Among Washington State Healthcare Providers and Certified Medical Marijuana Consultants. PI Louise Kaplan, PhD. Co-Is Tracy Klein, PhD and Marian Wilson, PhD. DMAc Grant, State of Washington ($25,000). November 2017-November 2018.

Prescribing Practices for Children with ADHD. CoPIs Tracy Klein, PhD and Teri Woo, PhD. Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners ($3,000). June 2017-June 2018.

Nurse Practitioner Prescribing Standards: College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia. Contractor Tracy Klein, PhD, College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia ($7,500). Development of formulary standards for controlled substance prescribing for NPs in consultation with CRNBC policy staff and pharmacist Parkash Ragsdale, University of British Columbia. September 2016- February 2018.

The Scope of Inclusion of Academic Medical Center Conflict of Interest Policies. PI Tracy Klein PhD. Washington State University mini-grant ($2,480). June 2015-December 2017.

Nurse Practitioner Assessment and Management of Adolescent Concussion. PI Tracy Klein, PhD. American Nurses Foundation/Western Institute of Nursing ($5,000). October 2014-October 2015.

Recommendations for Adolescent Sports-Related Concussion Evaluation and Management.Co-PIs Janessa Graves, PhD and Tracy Klein, PhD. Washington State University seed grant ($27,135). May 2014-August 2015.

Nurse Practitioner Prescribing of Psychotropic Agents for Pediatric Patients. PI Tracy Klein, PhD. American Association of Nurse Practitioners, ($2500); Sigma Theta Tau Beta Psi Chapter ($2000) September 2013-September 2015.

Development of Nurse Practitioner Competencies for Prescribing Controlled Substances. Contractor Tracy Klein, PhD, College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia, ($8500). Competency development for regulatory agency for NP controlled substance prescribing October 2013-May 2014.

Prescribing Competencies for Autonomous APRN Prescriptive Authority: What Do Nurse Prescribers Need to Know? Tracy Klein, PhD fellowship. Institute of Regulatory Excellence, National Council of State Boards of Nursing ($3000) June 2008-August 2012. Dissertation Washington State University.

Selected Publications

Pietz K, Graves JM, Klein TA, Weybright E, Pinkleton B.  (2020, in press). Concussions at School: experiences and knowledge among school nurses. American Journal of Nursing.

Kaplan, L., Klein, T., Wilson, M. & Graves, J. (online ahead of print, 2019). Knowledge, practices and attitudes of Washington state health professionals regarding medical marijuana use. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. doi:10.1089/can.2019.0051

Deichman, J., Graves, J., Klein, T. & Mackelsprang, J. (published online, December 2019). Characteristics of youth who leave the emergency department without being seen following sports related concussion. Concussion.

Kaplan, L., Klein, T., Wilson, M. & Graves, J. (2019). Knowledges, practices and attitudes of marijuana consultants in Washington state. University of Toronto Medical Journal, 96(3), 6-12.

Klein, T., Woo, T., Panther, T., Odom-Maryon, T., & Daratha, K. (2019). Somnolence producing agents: A five year study of prescribing for Medicaid insured children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 33(3), e1-8.

Klein, T., & Lugo, Rogelio (Nov/Dec. 2018). Evaluation of prescribing within nurse practitioner residency and fellowship programs. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 14(10).

Klein, T., & Graves, J. (2018). The scope of inclusion of academic conflict of interest policies. Journal of Academic Ethics, 1-14.

Graves JM, Klein TA, Panther SG, Moore M, Abshire DA, Graham JY (August, 2018). Nurse practitioners’ recommendations for pharmacotherapy in the management of adolescent concussion. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000070.

Panther, S., Knotts, A., Odom-Maryon, T., Daratha, K., Woo, T., & Klein, T. (November-December, 2017). Off-label prescribing trends for ADHD medications for young and very young children on Medicaid. The Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Vol. 22, No. 6, pp. 423-429.

Klein, T., Graves, J., & Graham, J. (2016). Driving following adolescent concussion: Advice by nurse  practitioners in absence of standardized recommendations. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2016.11.004

Graves, J.M., & Klein, T. (2016). The impact of patient characteristics on nurse practitioners’ assessment and management of adolescent concussion. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. doi:10.1002/2327-6924.12431.

Kaplan, L., Klein, T., Skillman, S., & Andrilla, C. H. (2016). Faculty supervision of NP program practicums: A comparison of rural and urban site differences. The Nurse Practitioner41(7), 36-42.

Graves, J. M., & Klein, T. A. (2016). Nurse Practitioners’ comfort in treating work-related injuries in adolescents.(June, 2016, online ahead of print). Workplace Health & Safety. doi: 10.1177/2165079916653612.

Klein, T. & Graves, J. (September 2016, online ahead of print). Psychiatric nurse practitioner diagnosis and cognitive recommendations for mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.doi: 10.1177/1078390316668992.

Wainwright, A., Klein, T. & Daly, C. (August 2016, online ahead of print). Competency development to support nurse practitioner prescribing of controlled drugs and substances in British Columbia. Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice. doi: 10. 1177/1527154416665099.

Klein, T., Panther, S., Woo, T., Odom-Maryon, T. & Daratha, K. (2016) Prescriber variance in childhood ADHD treatment: Findings from Oregon Medicaid 2012. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 26(6), 548-554. doi:10.1089/cap.2015.0255.

Klein, T.  (May/June, 2015). Clinical nurse specialist prescriber characteristics and challenges in Oregon. Clinical Nurse Specialist. doi: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000125.

Klein, T. ( Oct-Dec. 2014). Philanthropic dilemmas and the nurse administrator role. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 38(4), 319-326.

Klein, T. (2012). Implementing autonomous clinical nurse specialist prescriptive authority: A competency based transition model. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 26(5). doi: 10.1097/NUR.0b013e318263d753.

Klein, T. & Kaplan, L. (2010). Prescribing competencies for advanced practice registered nurses. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 6(2), 119-122.


  • PhD Nursing, 2011 Washington State University
  • Post Masters FNP, 2002 Washington State University
  • MS Family Nursing/ Women’s Health NP, 1993 Oregon Health and Sciences University
  • BSN, 1991 Linfield College
  • BA, 1985 English Literature and Creative Writing Reed College