Debra Funk, BSN, R.N., is the director of practice for the Missouri State Board of Nursing. She has been a member of the board staff since November 2006. Her position has evolved over time to include answering inquiries about nursing and the laws impacting nurses in Missouri, assisting with investigating complaints and discipline cases against nurses, collaborating with nursing associations and stakeholders throughout the state, participating at the national level in conferences and on committees representing the Missouri State Board of Nursing, assisting with surveying entry-level schools of nursing, and assisting with writing legislation impacting nursing in Missouri.
Richard Grindstaff, R.N., has been active in health care as a registered nurse for more than 25 years. Grindstaff began his nursing career in acute care in hospital units that included orthopedics, emergency care, ICU and mental health, and he has spent the last 16 years with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in regulations of long-term care facilities and hospitals. At DHSS, Grindstaff began as a surveyor for LTC facilities in Missouri and moved into management with the LTC section. Grindstaff was promoted to Bureau Chief of Hospital Standards in 2016. As Bureau Chief he oversees federal and state health regulations for all hospitals in Missouri. The Bureau of Hospital Standards is responsible for compliance with state and federal health care regulations, approving Missouri licenses for hospitals, and approving Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services certification of hospitals. The Bureau also oversees complaints received from citizens about concerns in Missouri hospitals.