In response to the passage of House Bill 3126 from the 78th Regular Legislative Session, the Center for Nursing Workforce Studies Advisory Committee (CNWSAC) was established in 2004. The CNWSAC was added to the structure of the Statewide Health Coordinating Council and serves as a steering committee for the CNWS. 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.
The CNWSAC 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 CNWS;
- 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