Texas’s climate varies wildly, from humid in the East to arid in the West. Because of its large size there are many different regions in the state. If you are looking for somewhere to start your nursing career, Texas will give you many choices. With its thriving cities, leading centers of higher education, abundance of natural resources and large population, which have all contributed to its diverse economic nature, many choices are available to you. This is what the Houston Chronicle had to say about the future of nursing in Texas: “Nurses can expect strong career outlook. Most all medical facilities in Houston are looking for nurses, specifically registered nurses, and while nurses are expected to be in continued demand in the coming years, education changes should have some effect on the shortage in coming years, said Misty Bass, RN, B.S.N., chief nursing officer, University General Hospital, a physician-owned, 72-bed general acute care hospital at the The Texas Medical Center in Houston.” Definitely good news for nursing prospects in “The Lone Star” state.
Texas Nursing Education
There are more than 75 nursing schools in Texas providing numerous opportunities for all ranges of nursing degrees. Jobs in hospitals, community health centers, group practices, long term care facilities, and elsewhere in the health care community are readily available if one has the proper credentials. With more than 600 hospitals alone, the state is continually looking for nurses. There are many scholarships available to persons applying to nursing schools in Texas. The amounts range from a few hundred dollars to complete scholarships. Most come with stringent rules. Some rules include maintaining a certain GPA, what kind of facility you have to work at upon graduation for a specified amount of time, and certain income requirements. Most of the larger Texas nursing schools programs have their own financing departments.
Career Outlook for Nursing in Texas
The outlook for nursing in Texas is definitely bright. As previously stated, many registered facilities are looking for licensed nurses, and with the high number of all types of nursing jobs available, nursing in Texas is a growth career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010 edition, the median hourly wage for a nurse in Texas is in the $32 range. An interesting note to keep in mind paraphrased from texasnurses.org: “Nurse vacancy rates are 6.7% and higher in less urban areas. The vacancy rates are forecast to be over 35% in the year 2020. The main causes are population growth and retirement factors. Health care facilities across Texas have no choice but to expand services and must find more RN’s.”
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