Candidate for Area I Director
Vicki Allen, RN, CLNC
Board President, Idaho Board of Nursing
Area I Director Responsibilities:
- Ensures geographic diversity on the Board of Directors
- 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.
My professional experience began over forty years ago. I have been an active member of the nursing community in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Idaho. I practiced as a staff nurse in Level III NICUs, MICUs, and SICUs. I have been the manager of an Urgent Care, Chief Nursing Officer of a ‘boutique’ hospital and Chief Process Officer in a Critical Access Hospital. I became a certified legal nursing consultant (CLNC) in 2006. I am currently an Instructor and Director of Clinical Site Development for the Physician Assistant Program at Idaho State University.
My regulatory experience began in 2006 as a member of the Idaho Board of Nursing; serving as Vice Chair for 6 years and Chairperson since July 2016. My exposure to NCSBN began my first year on the Idaho Board as a first-time attendee at NCSBN’s Annual Meeting. In 2010, I was appointed to the NCSBN CORE committee, serving two terms. I returned to the CORE committee in 2015 and currently serve as chairperson. In addition, I have served on multiple community committees and governing boards.
My involvement as a hospital administrator and Chair of multiple local organizations has provided me the opportunity to appreciate regulation from the recipients’ point of view. My experiences on the Idaho Board of Nursing and the NCSBN CORE committee have provided me an understanding from the regulator’s perspective. I have a strong base on how to think from the legal/legislative perspective being mindful of the potential unintended consequences of the well-intended regulation. All of my experiences, local, state, and national have focused on protection of the public.
What is your perspective regarding the following issues affecting nursing regulation?
- Borderless healthcare delivery
Mobility of the healthcare workforce as well as the recipients of the care coupled with changes in delivery styles, (e.g., telehealth, organizations with facilities in multiple states), makes borderless healthcare the delivery model required to provide the seamless care needed by the public both nationally and globally. NCSBN has been instrumental in addressing the need for borderless healthcare delivery by championing the eNLC and the APRN compact. These innovative compacts meet the mission of protecting the public while decreasing barriers to those needing and those providing healthcare in the 21st century.
- Regulation of nursing education
Boards of Nursing, through education regulation, ensure nursing programs provide didactic and clinical experiences needed to prepare nurses to enter the healthcare field with a base knowledge and skill set enabling them to provide safe effective care. Their mission to protect the public requires Boards to regulate in partnership with institutional and program accreditors as well as other interested stakeholders to ensure parity in the nation’s educational programs. Boards must be mindful of emerging issues and trends and the accompanying necessary changes if they are to facilitate successful entry and progress within the healthcare field for nurses.
- The role of regulation in evolving scopes of practice
Where healthcare is provided, how the healthcare is provided, and who provides the healthcare are all evolving at a rapid pace. Regulators need to have a sharp eye on the changing environment in order to ensure evolving scopes of practice do so within regulatory parameters that safeguard the public while not creating unnecessary barriers. Strong interprofessional relationships within the regulatory community will support evolving, complementary scopes of practice in and among the health professions. These interprofessional relationships are necessary to address issues of workforce shortages and the vital need for accessible, affordable health care.
Why do you want to serve in the role you are applying for?
My healthcare leadership experience inside and outside of the nursing profession provides me a unique perspective that I am confident will contribute to the work of NCSBN. I have spent most of my career working to remove healthcare silos and embrace the team concept to provide the best-evidenced based care to protect the public. I have worked as a regulator and healthcare administrator to allow healthcare providers to function to the full extent of their educational preparation and scope of practice. I continue to provide essential leadership when healthcare workers are concerned about encroachment of others into their specific healthcare discipline.
NCSBN’s success in promoting the eNLC, the APRN Consensus Model and the APRN Compact, tirelessly working with stakeholders to ensure they feel respected, heard and remain an integral part of the change process, is an example of the type of collaborative innovation where I excel. I am an enthusiastic listener, genuinely interested in the views of others. I am unquestionably a lifelong learner and believe I have the finesse necessary to work with the diverse group of stakeholders I will represent in Area 1.
NCSBN is a leader both nationally and internationally in the regulatory field. As an organization, I have found NCSBN to be attentive to the changing healthcare arena ever mindful of the mission to promote evidenced-based regulatory excellence for patient safety and public protection. I have a passion to be part of an organization that works in the present and plans for the future. I want to contribute to the exciting future of NCSBN.