Candidate for Director-at-Large

Lori Scheidt, MBA-HCM
Executive Director, Missouri State Board of Nursing

Director-at-Large Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a representative of all member boards
  • Transacts the business and affairs, and acts on behalf of NCSBN 

Describe all relevant professional, regulatory and community experience. 

Lori Scheidt is the Executive Director of the Missouri State Board of Nursing, a position she has held since 2001. Prior to that, she served as the Board’s Licensure Director and has performed almost every position within the board office during vacancies. Ms. Scheidt earned an Associate in Arts from Columbia College in 1997, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Management from William Woods University in 2000 and a MBA in Health care Management from Western Governors University in 2012. Ms. Scheidt is finishing her first two-year term on the NCSBN Board as a Director at Large.

Prior NCSBN service: 

  • Vice Chair, Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators 2012-2016
  • Fraud Detection Committee - Chair – 2015
  • Enhanced NLC Legislative Strategy Team 2015
  • Member Board Agreement Review Committee – Chair - 2013
  • Discipline Effective Practices Subcommittee – 2014-2015
  • Nurse Licensure Models Committee - 2011-2012
  • Awards Panel - 2004-2006 
  • CORE Committee- 2005
  • Nursys Advisory Panel - 2003-2004
  • Test Service Technical Subcommittee - 2001-2002
  • Examination Committee - 1997-2000
  • NCLEX Evaluation Task Force - 1996
  • Committee for Special Projects (CAT) – 1995
  • IT/Operations Conference - Speaker – 2014, 2013, 2012, 2007
  • NCSBN Mid- Year Meeting – Speaker – 2016, 2015, 2013, 2011
  • NCSBN Annual Meeting – Speaker – 2015, 2013
  • NLCA Meeting –Speaker – 2016



  • NCSBN Outstanding Contribution Award – 2001
  • Missouri Board of Nursing awarded the NCSBN Regulatory Achievement Award – 2012
  • Missouri Governor’s Award for Quality and Productivity for significant improvements in nursing investigations – 2004

What is your perspective regarding the following issues affecting nursing regulation?

  1. Borderless healthcare delivery
    NCSBN has built a solid foundation to move ahead of the regulation curve in this area by committing significant resources to enact the enhanced nurse licensure compact in all states. Their presence in Washington, DC and strong alliances with key stakeholders will serve the organization and its’ members well. NCSBN’s strategic initiative to champion regulatory solutions to address borderless health care delivery requires us to be well-informed about technology, how that interacts with our regulatory model, and how we may need to adapt our regulatory framework without sacrificing our public protection mission.
  2. Regulation of nursing education
    NCSBN has invested in committee work and research that addresses the regulation of nursing education programs. The NCSBN National Stimulation Study provided critical information for an expert panel to make evidence-based recommendations for simulation in prelicensure nursing programs. Without a doubt, nurses need and demand flexible educational systems that promote seamless academic progression. Member boards struggle with faculty shortages, evaluating the effectiveness of online education, and lack of appropriate clinical facilities. NCSBN must continue to embark on relevant research to provide the evidence member boards need to make sound regulations. Changes in the health care system and practice environments require changes in education. We have to adapt to this evolving and complex health care system with a careful balance of flexibility and regulations that allow the profession to evolve while protecting the public.
  3. The role of regulation in evolving scopes of practice
    The patchwork of varying scope of practice and borderless health care make it difficult for patients, practitioners, employers and payers to navigate. To further complicate matters, boards of nursing are creatures of statute and can only enforce state laws, as they exist. NCSBN has worked with key organizations to develop the APRN consensus model. The consensus model work rightly focuses on citing research on the safe, cost-effective, high-quality care delivered by APRNs and how the model will benefit public safety. NCSBN needs to continue seek solutions that are rooted in evidence and keep the spotlight on patient safety.

Please describe a strategy or activity to increase participation in the leadership of the organization.

I remember when I was new to the board of nursing and the NCSBN and can understand how overwhelming it may be to balance your duties to your own board with your desire to participate on a national level. I think the NCSBN Orientation Roadmap is a good start, followed by joining the knowledge networks tailored to your subject matter expertise or job role. By joining the knowledge networks, you will be informed of conference calls so you can participate in the various networking opportunities and collaborate with your peers. I have learned so much by just talking to my peers and finding out how they do things, what has worked, what hasn’t and hearing different perspectives. It also allows you to develop relationships. Attending NCSBN-offered meetings is another way to develop relationships and learn from others. There is also a wealth of online courses available on the learning extension site, but it may be hard to figure out where to start. Having a guide of courses tailored by role or expertise could be helpful. The next logical step is to volunteer to serve on committees or provide input to committee work (even if you aren’t a committee member). The famous quote, “None of us is as good as all of us.” is so very true. The NCSBN has a leadership assessment tool and self-inventory of competencies that can be helpful to identify your strengths and opportunities. I believe it is helpful to participate before you lead. To be a leader, you need to realize you can make a difference, you can grow, and you need your colleagues. It takes all of us to make this organization and our work successful.