TNA as Nursing’s Advocate
Since its founding in 1907, Texas Nurses Association has worked to advance the profession of nursing in Texas. Advocating for the nursing profession, for the individual nurse, and for the health of Texas citizens has always been the work of TNA.
One of TNA's first efforts was to appoint a legislative committee that would seek legislation for licensing nurses in Texas. The committee’s impact was strong. In March of 1909, the State Nurses’ Registration Act passed the Texas Legislature. It would from then on define and regulate the practice of professional nursing in Texas. It required graduate nurses to register with the state. It also brought about creation of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, now named the Texas Board of Nursing.
That first legislative effort of TNA began its rich tradition and long history of advocacy. Today, TNA is the only recognized professional nursing organization in Texas that advocates for nurses in all areas of practice and in all practice settings. TNA also collaborates with nursing specialty organizations on issues that directly affect specialties.
Find out more about TNA’s advocacy activities via links on the right-hand sidebar. For the Profession describes TNA’s governmental affairs program. For the Nurse addresses TNA’s practice and workplace advocacy efforts. For Texans provides an overview of the coalitions, state advisory committees, and state work groups where TNA participates to support health policy that improves the health of Texans.