In 2007, schools of nursing and clinical agencies in the 13 county Houston-Galveston area collaborated with the Foundation for California Community Colleges to implement the web-based Centralized Clinical Placement System (CCPS) in an effort to streamline and facilitate the clinical placement process and to identify underutilized clinical placements.
The Texas Nursing Resource Center (TNRC) was the result of that collaboration. The TNRC provides two centralized nursing education services for schools of nursing and clinical agencies. The mission of the TNRC is to improve the quality of nursing care in Texas by expanding the use of the Centralized Clinical Placement System statewide.
Partners in this initiative include the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), the Foundation for California Community Colleges, the Methodist Hospital, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), and the WorkSource. Grant funds awarded to UTMB by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the John S. Dunn Foundation, and user fees support TNRC services.
CCPS was developed by the Foundation for California Community Colleges and funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation expressly for the purpose of improving the clinical placement process for California community colleges. The Foundation for California Community Colleges was convinced that by using a more systematic and user-friendly system, additional clinical capacity could be identified in clinical agencies working with the community colleges and other schools. Since implementation, the CCPS has been able to identify expanded clinical placement opportunities available within agencies and schools have been able to unleash their creativity to respond to unconventional clinical placement opportunities.