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AUSTIN, TX (Nov. 5, 2013) — Texas Healthcare Trustees and Texas Team Advancing Health through Nursing announced a new collaboration to increase nurse participation on health care and community boards of directors. THT and Texas Team will provide nurses across the state with governance and leadership education in order for them to be even more valuable assets to both hospital and community boards.

This new program will include educational sessions on governance for nurses as well as create tools and resources to help them become successful leaders and community health advocates. The program is set to launch in 2014 and will include regional education seminars throughout the state.

“This was a natural fit for both organizations, and we are very excited to partner with Texas Team on this endeavor,” said Stacy Cantu, THT president/chief executive officer. “With such a robust workforce in the state we have a lot of work to do, but we see so many possibilities. Nurses are at the heart of health care delivery and can provide a unique perspective so I think it will be a tremendous help having them serve in not only more hospital board positions but also on positions in the community at large as well.”

This initiative stems from a 2010 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Among several recommendations resulting from the report, the THT and Texas Team initiative will specifically focus on the charge to “prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health.”

THT is the oldest trustee organization of its kind in the country. Formed in 1961, THT is the leading provider of education and resources for health care governance in the state. Texas Team Advancing Health through Nursing is a coalition charged with enhancing the health of Texans through implementation of the recommendations in the IOM report, The Future of Nursing.

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About Texas Healthcare Trustees
Texas Healthcare Trustees is an affiliated organization of the Austin-based Texas Hospital Association. THT members are hospitals and health systems and provide education, resources and leadership opportunities to governing board members. THT has approximately 450 hospital/ health system governing boards representing approximately 4,000 trustees.

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