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Texas Team: Future of Nursing



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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:

  1. Facilitate the preparation of faculty to meet the workforce demands of the future (transition to faculty roles).
  2.  Facilitate the transition to practice for new graduate RNs and ARPNs.
  3. Support and advance nurses leading from the bedside.
  4. Advance nurses on boards.


Take Action. Get Involved! 

If you’re interested in helping to implement the Future of Nursing recommendations in Texas, take action to get involved.



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.

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