Candidate for LSC Member-at-Large

Tracy Rude, LPN
Commissioner, Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission

Member-at-Large Responsibilities:

  • Recommends strategies for the ongoing sustainability and advancement of NCSBN through succession planning
  • Presents a slate of candidates through a determination of qualifications for inclusion on a ballot for the election of the Board of Directors and the Leadership Succession Committee

Describe all relevant professional, regulatory, and community experience.

An active LPN since 1981 and was an officer in North Dakota Licensed Practical Nurses Association until moving to Washington in 1986.  Work experience includes using my license to the full scope of practice allowed in my state regulations.  In Long Term Care, specialty practice to include general, vascular surgery and ENT office based setting. acute care clinic setting and in-patient hospice facility.  Educator in public school, K -12.  I continue to teach 11th and 12th grade applied medical sciences and nursing assistant certified (NAC) classes.  I obtained my Career and Technical Education teaching certificate in Washington in 2011.  This certification enables me to teach health and health occupations.  I served in a leadership role and continue membership with Washington Association of Career and Technical Educators. 


2013 Governor Inslee appointed me to Washington Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission as a Commission (board) member.  This term expires June 30, 2017 and I am eligible for reappointment for 4 additional years.   Leadership roles include: Nursing Assistant Program Approval Panel Chair, mentor for new Commission members, reviewing commission member and panel chair, hearing panel chair, active member on the sub committees for Discipline and Consistent Standards of Practice as well serve on the Legislative Panel and Nominations Panel.  These roles include acting as chair when necessary.  I work with commission attorneys, staff and other commissioners with discipline cases to provide recommendations for nurse discipline.  This also includes chairing hearing panels for respondents when they choose to have their cases heard before a health law judge and the Commission panel.  What an honor it was for Washington to be awarded with the 2015 NCSBN regulatory excellence award!  At that same meeting, I was elected to LSC and was inspired to become more involved with NCSBN.


  • WA state Clark County Public Health Advisory Committee member since 2014
  • Medical Reserve Corps since 2007, charter member  
  • Health Occupations Student Association
  • Trauma Intervention Program since 2011

What are your strategies for the ongoing sustainability and advancement of the organization?

Strategies for Ongoing Sustainability: In my long-term plan for continued sustainability NCSBN should work toward NCLEX as the internationally accepted competency examination for nurses.  Being recognized by the international community, I would like to see global expansion of NCSBN’s proven influence in education and regulation.  Providing opportunities for and offering an atmosphere of inclusion will encourage dialog from all corners of the world.  I believe keeping the focus on similarities rather than differences will result in developing a cohesive coalition for excellence in education and regulation.

The current plan is to continue to access within NCSBN leadership programs already established. 
We still need to strongly advocate for early engagement from states for their board member since they generally have term limits.  Securing leaders from a broad swath will provide a well-rounded and much deeper view of nursing and nursing education.  Inclusion of board members is so important because they are working industry leaders and have a different perspective from staff.  Board members see firsthand the impact of technology on our profession and must quickly adapt to the ever-changing environment. 

Why do you want to serve in the role you are applying for?

I have had the pleasure of serving “At Large” with the Leadership Succession Committee and have been able to expand my leadership skills and horizon beyond my dreams and expectations.  It has been a short couple of years and I want to continue to work with the leaders from all over to move NCSBN forward.  I am just now beginning to get my feet under me, so to speak, and can see the direction more clearly from Delegate Assembly and NCSBN BOD.  I want to light the way for other leaders to take the leap of faith they have before them to move this wonderful organization into the future with pride and determination.  It will take all of us to do it and I am proud to be able to be a small part of it.  To inspire others to be active in NCSBN Leadership roles.  The joy I feel when I see someone be successful in what they have sought out and fought hard for is immeasurable.  We have these leaders in our organization and I want to see them collaborate and share their ideas to take NCSBN into the future.