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The Campaign for
Action, a joint initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
has mobilized to address our nation health care challenges across all 50 states
and the District of Columbia as identified in the recommendations of the 2010
landmark report, The
Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health from the Institute
The Texas Team is our state’s action coalition, cosponsored
by TNA and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.
The Texas Team believes all Texans deserve better care,
better health, and lower healthcare costs. Nurses – as the largest group of
health care providers in the state – are essential to achieving these three
goals in Texas. Texas Team members are enthusiastically working to transform
nursing and health care in Texas.
The Texas Team is led by four focus teams and its Strategic
The Texas Team Advancing Nursing Education
The Texas Team Advancing Nursing Practice
The Texas Lead Nursing Organization
The Texas Lead Business Team
Progression in Nursing (APIN) collaborates with the Texas Team to
accelerate implementation of promising practices that will help achieve
seamless academic progression for all nurses and increasing the number of
nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.
Take Action. Get Involved!
If you’re interested in helping to implement the Future
of Nursing recommendations in Texas, take action to get involved.
· Coalition Regional Map
· Coalition Leadership Portfolios
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.
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.
- 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