Published Jul 13, 2009
Is there a nursing shortage in Texas!!!!
TheCommuter, BSN, RN
Moved to the Texas Nurses forum for more feedback and replies.
Depends on where in Texas you are asking about? In Austin, no.
The DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth area) isn't in a critical shortage situation or anything of that nature, but there are still plenty of nursing jobs around here. The abundance of positions tend to be in unpopular areas such as nursing homes, med/surg, etc. Specialty areas are highly coveted, so you will face competition if you want to work in certain units.
there's definitely one on my unit!
HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD
Hey Y'all - Texas is too big and diverse to have any sort of "one size fits all" answer - LOL.
In a state that ranges from extreme frontier (
I am seeing a real slow down in hiring new grads. Probably more due to the expense of getting them up to speed than anything else. Experienced RNs can still get jobs just about any where. In the Houston and San Antonio areas, new hospitals are opening up and they have to be staffed -- nuff said?
I know this is an old thread. I just want to ask if there is a nursing shortage anywhere in Texas that hospitals in the area are considering sponsorship of foreign nurses. I know that it's become very difficult to seek employment in the US for foreign nurses and I read somewhere that there still is a shortage in certain areas. I want to be proactive in trying to find a job and if you have any suggestions, I would really appreciate it.
Thanks for responding. Can you tell me why these hospitals are having trouble staffing nurses? I'm just curious.
They are border towns. Not the greatest working/living conditions and/or patient populations.
The places that The Commuter mentioned are border towns (border Mexico), and frankly they are rough. The population is almost 100% Hispanic, so unless you speak Spanish expect a frustrating and pervasive language barrier. The nurse-patient ratios are among the highest in Texas. I would not recommend anyone to live there, let along work as a nurse there. Hopefully I won't get flamed for my honesty.
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