Leadership for the Texas Team is provided by a matrix of four lead teams and one strategic advisory committee
The four led teams are responsible for sharing leadership responsibilities, specifically:
- The Texas Team Advancing Nursing Education - provides leadership to the Texas Campaign for Action to actualize the IOM recommendations related to nursing education and in addressing nursing education capacity for the state. Team is composed of nurses and non-nurses, but led by nurses.
- The Texas Team Advancing Nursing Practice – provides leadership to the Texas Campaign for Action to actualize the IOM recommendations related to nursing practice, including advanced practice. Team is composed of nurses and non-nurses, but led by nurses.
- The Texas Lead Nursing Organization – Texas Nurses Association serves as the lead nursing organization for the Texas Campaign for Action. TNA specifically assembles and oversees the activities and collaboration of TNA membership/leadership in the state of Texas to work at the local, state and regional level to implement the recommendations of the IOM Report. TNA is specifically responsible for taking lead on all state policy/legislative strategies associated with the campaign. The TNA should not be limited by the recommendations of the IOM committee and might consist of other strategies appropriate to advancing the health of Texans through nursing.
- The Texas Lead Business Team – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas provides leadership to the Texas Campaign for Action by supporting nurses to actualize the IOM recommendations by influencing and engaging stakeholders- in particular businesses - and policymakers thus improving the health of Texans. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas serves as the lead non-nursing team. The Texas Non-Nursing Team should not be limited by the recommendations of the IOM committee and might consist of other strategies appropriate to advancing the health of Texans through nursing.
Not quite four years ago, in 2008, the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) collaborated with the renowned Institute of Medicine (IOM) to help transform the U.S. health care system. The vision was affordable, high quality health care that could be accessible to all. Since nursing is the largest health care workforce, nurses providing direct patient care would be vital in leading the change to transform health care. First, nursing also needed to change.
A two-year initiative – the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the IOM, – was launched with a goal of putting forth evidence-based, action-oriented recommendations for positioning nursing to respond more effectively to a changing health care system. On October 5, 2010, the IOM released its report, the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Its recommendations focused on four key areas:
1. Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
2. Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progress.
3. Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the U.S.
4. Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and an improved information infrastructure.
Now, to actualize the recommendations, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is under way. Coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Campaign for Action now includes 36 state-based Action Coalitions comprised of diverse groups of stakeholders who can effect sustainable change at the state or regional level. Action Coalitions capture best practices, determine research needs, track lessons learned and identify replicable models that can accelerate improvements nationally.
On September 26, 2011, the Texas Team Advancing Health through Nursing Coalition was selected by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action as an official Action Coalition that will seek to collaboratively implement in Texas the Future of Nursing report’s recommendations. See the news release.
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Texas Team Action Coalition is delaying its acceptance of applications from individuals interested in joining the Statewide Leadership Team. Revised deadlines and instructions for submitting applications will be made available as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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Texas Coalition Members
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas – Richardson
- Texas Nurses Association – Austin
- Decision Critical – Austin
- Seton Family of Hospitals – Austin
- Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies – Austin
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing – Lubbock
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – Center for Innovation in Nursing Education – Lubbock