Quote from TxLVNSTUDENT512
I am a nursing student and have been reading through almost every forum here!! I love this site, and alot has opened my eyes and mind to things I never knew about or thought I should care about, but it has. I was wondering what are the good factors of being a nurse in TX as opposed to other states? Do we have government support here such as laws about nurse to patient ratios, wages, breaks, benefits, etc.? Are there any unions for nurses in TX? I would appreciate any and all feedback! :typing
In a nutshell with respect to your questions, Texas is a "right to work" state which basically means that the laws here are designed more to protect the employer rather than the employee. Unions, just like in other Southern states, are not a very popular idea and are often met with much resistance.
There is currently a bill that is in committee that addresses mandating nurse/patient ratios. Here is a link: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillL...0R&Bill=HB1707
This bill is not supported by, and has been the subject of great criticism by the Texas Nurses Association.
"Government support" as you put it and Texas do not go hand in hand and are complete strangers to one another in many respects in addition to nursing practice. (For example the 2005 Hurricane Rita evacuation fiasco comes to my mind.)
If you are unattached and are able to be mobile in your job choices, I would do some research and steer away from "right to work" states if unions and laws protecting nursing practice are important to you.