Texas, like the rest of the nation, is facing an unprecedented shortage of nurses to care for the aging and ailing population. The shortage of nursing faculty and limited enrollment in nursing programs, the retirement of aging nurses, and the prevalence of chronic illnesses are some factors that contribute to workforce shortages. Based on health care demands, the state of Texas will need an additional 5,000 nurses added to the workforce every year according to officials.
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The innovative and solution-focused Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree prepares advanced practice nurses to take an active leadership role in solving complex healthcare issues. By creating new healthcare opportunities, bringing care to populations in rural areas, implementing valuable research in clinical settings, and educating the future generation of nurses, DNP graduates are making a profound impact in healthcare.
The DNP degree is a practice doctorate that gives students the terminal academic preparation in nursing. In Texas, where the supply … Read the rest
Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are registered nurses with additional education. Master of Science (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs prepare registered nursing professionals to perform physical exams, order labs and analyze results, prescribe medication, and educate patients. APRNs specialize by population, and their titles may be Certified Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse-Midwives, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. Apart from catering to a specific patient population, APRNs may also work in academia or research.
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The growing number of persons with chronic health conditions, the increasing complexity of healthcare, and the widespread use of technological innovations require nurses to have the educational preparation to navigate the challenges of the health care system. Nurses with a baccalaureate and higher degree are better prepared to manage the complex health care system and use a holistic approach to produce positive patient outcomes. Apart from preparing a highly-educated workforce, BSN programs produce graduates who have the foundation for further … Read the rest
Recent statistics coming out from the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies reveal that the supply ratio of RNs in Texas lags behind that of other states and the national supply ratio. Even with a shortage of registered nurses, employers are unwilling to draw from a pool of available associate-degree graduates. Seeking every opportunity to promote patient safety, many hospitals are beginning to hire only BSN RNs, leaving the ADNs and LVNs with no choice but to seek employment in … Read the rest
Registered nurses have their pick of well-paid employment in a variety of health care settings across Texas. Apart from a highly competitive salary, nurses receive great health benefits, incentives for advancing their education, and opportunities to enhance their position and income potential. Nursing careers are among the fastest growing occupations according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The demand will continue well beyond 2020 as the population ages and access to healthcare expands. With the higher than average shortage of … Read the rest