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TNA's Legislative and Policy Goals


Before each legislative session, TNA listens to its members, convenes the TNA Policy Council, hosts the Nursing Legislative Agenda Coalition, which is comprised of many nursing specialty groups, engages the TNA Governmental Affairs Committee to answer the question:

"What matters most to nurses, and how do we best achieve our shared goals?"

With input from members throughout the state, TNA identified priorities for the 85th Legislative Session. And for the first time in our history, TNA has created a professional policy book that is available to the public here and will be distributed to every legislator at the Texas Capitol!



Short on Time?

If you don't have time time to read the whole book, or are interested in just one or two topics, below is an overview of the policy positions as well as issue-specific sections from the book that you can download separately:


 Overview  APRNs  Nursing Education
 Board of Nursing/Regulatory  Mental Health        Workplace Advocacy


For more information on the policy positions or the process to produce those positions, please contact TNA General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs Andrew Cates at



Legislative Preview Slides Available

TNA's Government Affairs Director Andrew Cates presented a preview of 2017 85th Legislative Session in a December 2016 webcast. View the slides here.


Workplace Violence Against Nurses Report

As a result of HB 2696 in the 84th Legislative Session, the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies conducted a study on workplace violence against nurses in hospitals, freestanding emergency medical care facilities, nursing facilities, and home health agencies. Here is the final report, issued in December 2016.

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