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Kathryn G. Rapala, D.N.P., J.D., RN, CPPS

Kathryn Rapala
Kathryn G. Rapala, D.N.P., J.D., RN, CPPSMarquette University

Clark Hall, 328

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3170

Clinical Assistant Professor

Highest Degree and Institution

D.N.P., Purdue University

J.D., Indiana University, Indianapolis

Courses Taught

NURS 6007: Ethics, Policy and Health Care Advocacy

NURS 7996: Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone

Research Interests

Patient Safety


Health Disparities

Professional Affiliations

Institute for Health Care Improvement, Faculty

Certified Professional in Patient Safety, Committee Chair, Executive Oversight Committee


Certified Professional in Patient Safety


2018, Rapala, KG, “Patient Safety Incentives for Residents:  A Slippery Slope or Reinforcement of Desirable Behavior”, Journal of Graduate Education, in press. 

2012, Rapala, KG, “Aim High:  The Importance of Patient Safety Certification”, Patient Safety Insight,  Dec. 2012.

2011, Rapala, KG, “Staffing Excellence—moving from Retrospective to Prospective Management of Risk”, Nursing Economic$, Jul-Aug;29(4):211-4.

2009,  Rapala, K. & Leonhardt, K. “Clinical Risk Management and Patient Safety—Focus on the Patient and the Rest Falls Into Place” Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare.

2007, Rapala, K. & Novak, J. “Integrating Patient Safety into Curriculum: The Purdue Doctor of Nursing Practice”, Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare, 2: 16-23.

2007 Rapala, K. and Novak, J., (2007). Clinical patient safety: Achieving High Reliability in a Complex Environment. In V. Duffy (Ed.),Digital Human Modeling (pp. 710-716).Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer.

2006, Kerfoot, K., Rapala, K., Ebright, P., Rogers, S., “The Power of Collaboration with Patient Safety Programs: Building Safe Passage for Patients, Nurses, and Clinical Staff,” The Journal of Nursing Administration, 36(12): 582-588.

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