Tracy Klein is an assistant professor in the FNP/DNP Program at Washington State University, where her expertise includes pharmacology, scope of practice/roles for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), health policy and health regulation. She has more than 15 years' experience as an operations and policy analyst focusing on APRN regulation and policy in the U.S. She has done policy development and consultation with the Oregon State Board of Nursing, National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) APRN Committee and College of Registered Nurses in British Columbia. Dr. Klein serves as the current vice-chair of the Oregon State Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee and has been a member of Oregon's Evidence Based Prescribing Review Committees since 2002. Her research interests focus on prescribing competencies for APRNs, legal authority and scope of practice and NP prescribing patterns. Dr. Klein was awarded the Advocate State Award for Excellence for Oregon in 2007. In 2012, she completed a four-year research fellowship from the Institute of Regulatory Excellence through the NCSBN. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2013. In addition to her policy and teaching practice, she maintains clinical practice as a family NP in Portland, Oregon, in both primary and urgent care.