An adequate workforce is a foundational requirement for nursing practice. TNA initiates and participates in strategies aimed toward ensuring a workforce adequate in number and preparation to care for the needs of Texas residents. This is a critical priority as the nursing shortage continues and workforce projections over the next 15 years are dismal without thoughtful action.
NEW! TNA is working closely with a group of stakeholders -- the Texas Nursing Workforce Shortage Coalition -- to develop a proposal for the legislature to nearly double the number of registered nursing graduates by 2013. Click here for a summary or go to www.texasneedsnurses.org for more information.
NEW! A Task Force including representatives from several health care and professional organizations has released voluntary standards for the ethical recruitment of foreign nurses. Click here to access The Voluntary Code of Conduct for the Ethical Recuritment of Foreign-Educated Nurses to the United States.
TNA is actively involved in efforts on many fronts:
- Supporting the establishment of environments that attract and retain nurses through state policy development (safe patient handling, protection from verbal abuse, staffing rules, safe harbor - peer review)
- Working with other key organizations (Texas Hospital Association and the Great Houston Partnership) to increase appropriations (from $5 million to $20 million) for nursing education initiatives
- Instigating the creation of the Center for Nursing Workforce Studies (CNWS) to provide a funded mechanism for collecting and analyzing data on nurses including trending education, employment, demographics, and migration.
- Participating as a stakeholder organization on the CNWS Advisory Committee.
- Working with Deans and Directors of nursing programs
- Partnering with the Texas Nurse Competency Coalition in the development of competency maintenance approaches
Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies : this site contains a wealth of data, statistics, and reports related to the nursing workforce.