About the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies and Advisory Committee

In response to the passage of House Bill 3126 from the 78th Regular Legislative Session, the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies Advisory Committee (TCNWSAC) was established in 2004. The TCNWSAC was added to the structure of the Statewide Health Coordinating Council and serves as a steering committee for the TCNWS. This is a 21-member committee with representation from nursing and healthcare organizations, employers of nurses, state agencies, nurse researchers, nurse educators as well as a consumer member.

Statutes Governing the TCNWS and Advisory Committee

The Texas law creating the Center for Nursing Workforce Studies Advisory Committee (TCNWSAC) is found in  Section 104.0155 of  Chapter 104 of the Health and Safety Code.

The TCNWSAC is supported by the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies (TCNWS). The statute establishing the TCNWS within the Health Professions Resource Center can be found in  Chapter 105, Section 105.002 of the Health and Safety Code.  Section 105.003 covers data collection, and  Section 105.004 concerns reports.

Responsibilities of the TCNWSAC

The TCNWSAC is charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Guide in the accuracy of reporting nursing workforce data and research results;
  • Develop priorities and an operations plan for the TCNWS;
  • Provide policy recommendations to assure an adequate nursing workforce for the State of Texas;
  • Identify other issues concerning nursing professionals in Texas that need further study

For more information on the committee’s purpose, composition, and policies, please see the TCNWSAC’s Bylaws (PDF).

Current TCNWSAC members (PDF)

TCNWSAC Task Forces

The TCNWS and its advisory committee rely on the expertise of nurses across the state to help guide projects. More details on task force membership and activities can be found in the  Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies Advisory Committee (TCNWSAC) Task Force Charter (PDF).

Last updated August 20, 2021