In “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” (2010) the Institute of Medicine (IOM) called for the creation of new partnerships and strategic alliances which engaged nurses to improve the quality of health care provided to Americans.
Improving the quality of health care for all Texans through the advancement of the nursing profession.
The Texas Team Action Coalition is a part of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Campaign is working to transform health care through nursing.
As the largest segment of the health care workforce and the professionals who spend the most time with patients, nurses bring essential experience and insight to efforts to improve access and quality and lower health care costs.
The Campaign’s “Action Coalitions” are working in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Campaign’s goal is that everyone in America live a healthier life, supported by a system in which nurses are essential partners in providing care and promoting health.
Since 2012, The Texas Team Advancing Health through Nursing (Texas Team) has evolved into a vibrant and active coalition consisting of 343 member organizations, hundreds of nurses and other statewide leaders who have committed to helping achieve the IOM Future of Nursing recommendations (listed below) in Texas.
Remove scope-of-practice barriers.
Expand opportunities for nurses to lead.
Implement nurse residency programs.
Increase proportion of nurses with a BSN degree to 80% by 2020.
Double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020.
Ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning.
Prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health.
Build an infrastructure for the collection and analysis of healthcare workforce data.
Accomplishments in texas supported by Texas TEam
APRN Prescriptive Authority Agreement Model enacted by SB 406 during 2013 Legislative Session. The Perryman Report (2012) which addressed the economic impact of APRNs on the economy was instrumental in gaining momentum to pass legislation.
Texas Team awarded one of 10 national APIN (Academic Progression in Nursing) grants by RWJF (2011-2013).
Texas schools of nursing launched new DNP Programs. 2013 AY data indicates number of doctorates rose significantly – with increases in production of both DNP and PhD graduates.
- Texas Healthcare Trustees (THT) partnered with the Texas Team to launch “Nurses on Boards” initiative in Fall 2013. Goal is to train 400 nurses to serve on hospital and other key policy boards by end of 2015.
- Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies (TCNWS) and Texas Board of Nursing worked collaboratively with Texas Team to build dashboard indicators and to continue to track and report nursing workforce data.
The following are the dashboard indicators being used to track our progress.