Promoting the Health and Well Being of Texans
TNF is the charitable, professional and public education and scholarly arm of the Texas Nurses Association. Proceeds from charitable gifts are administered by TNF to support activities that promote health care by enhancing the art and science of nursing.
TNF's ongoing work includes:
- The Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN), which allows nurses to help nurses. The program offers the opportunity for RNs and LVNs to find their way through the challenges of substance abuse and/or mental illness and return to practice safely.
- The Ready Texas Nurses emergency response system is funded by TNF in cooperation with the Texas Nurses Association, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Board of Nursing. It created and maintains a database of nurse volunteers who can respond quickly to mass-casualty events, including natural disasters.
- Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) The Academic Progression in Nursing Grant, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has developed the Consortium to Advance Baccalaureate Nursing Education in Texas (CABNET), a multi-focused statewide model to assist all RN to BSN programs in the state to increase the number of associate degree prepared nurses graduating each year from 1,826 in 2010- 2011 to 4,200 in 2013-2014, a 230% increase. Statewide commitment to achieve the grant goals has been generated from both education and practice sectors. A commitment to increase ethnic and gender diversity in nurse graduates is also a priority within this initiatives. A mentoring program has been developed to assist RNs to confront barriers.
TNF is also a supporter of Become a CASA - a Court Appointed Special Advocate. When home is no longer safe for a child and the child must enter the foster care system, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer called a CASA. The volunteer's focus is on that child, giving hope and help in guiding the child to a safe, permanent home. Since nurses are some of the most effective advocates for children in foster care, TNF encourages nurses across Texas to consider becoming a CASA volunteer.
TNF also supports research activities such as the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies (CNWS), which has provided the first concrete, statistical picture of nursing in Texas and does so on an ongoing basis.
Gifts to Texas Nurses Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. No fair market benefits are received.