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In 2011, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America (an initiative of the AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) recognized Texas Team as the official state Action Coalition organized to advance the recommendations of the Institutes of Medicine Report: the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.
Texas Team Action Coalition is cosponsored by the Texas Nurses Association and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. It consists of a broad group of stakeholders — nurses, nursing and health care organizations, hospitals, schools/universities, and businesses — who share a common interest of advancing health through nursing.
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.
Measures of accomplishments supported by Texas Team and coalition members include advances in nursing education, leadership and practice. The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies provides current data tracking these advances (link).
Texas Team is led by a Strategic Advisory Council and Executive Committee. In February 2018, Texas Team reorganized its work groups around specific strategic goals:
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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.