Two Texas Nurse Leaders Selected For National Public Health Leadership Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the 25 nurses from 22 states who were selected to participate in its Public Health Nurse Leaders (PHNL) program. Monica Hughes, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Director of Public Health Nursing for the Texas Department of State Health Services and Arturo Rodriguez, MPH, RN, CPM, Public Health & Wellness Director for the City of Brownsville Public Health Department were both selected as Texas representative in this prestigious leadership program. Dr. Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, Co-Lead of the Texas Team remarked, "The Texas Team and the Campaign for Action are working to make the 2020 vision set forth in the IOM Future of Nursing report a reality with the ultimate goal of creating a culture of health in our communities and nation in large part through the nursing profession. The visionary addition of the Public Health Nurse Leader program with RWJF into the action coalitions is a critical component of engaging a group that understands exactly how to make that happen. We are so blessed to have two PHNLs in Texas to help guide our work and have maximal impact"

Providing Funding for Additional Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Will Improve Texas’ Primary Care Shortage

Currently there are 18 Texas public universities educating Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). All 18 universities educate primary care APRNs which include nurse practitioners (NPs), certified nurse midwives (CNMs) and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs). One also prepares certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). In addition, seven independent universities educate APRNs with five preparing primary care APRNs. Primary care APRNs see children and adults in clinics, nursing homes, and other primary care settings and help address the shortage of primary care providers. Because there is a serious and growing shortage of primary care providers in Texas, the Legislature should fund expansion of the primary care APRN education programs on a pay-for-performance basis.


Nearly One in Five New Nurses Leaves First Job Within a Year

Turnover of registered nurses (RNs) is an important and widely used measure in analyzing the health care workforce. It’s used to project the job market for nurses (based on availability of jobs) and can also be considered an indicator of whether a health care organization has a good working environment. Read More...