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Is there a nursing shortage in Texas!!!!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

102 Articles; 27,612 Posts

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

Moved to the Texas Nurses forum for more feedback and replies.

8jimi8ICURN

231 Posts

Specializes in Flight RN, Trauma1 CVICU STICU MICU CCU.

Depends on where in Texas you are asking about? In Austin, no.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

102 Articles; 27,612 Posts

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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.

NeoNurseTX, RN

1,803 Posts

Specializes in NICU Level III.

there's definitely one on my unit!

Specializes in Critical Care, Education.

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?

avidgolfer3

16 Posts

Moved to the Texas Nurses forum for more feedback and replies.

Thanks!!!!!

nsg101

39 Posts

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.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

102 Articles; 27,612 Posts

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.
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.
The cities of the Rio Grande Valley (Brownsville, McAllen, Edinburgh, Laredo, etc.) would probably be your best bet for finding a hospital that would sponsor a foreign nurse. The healthcare facilities in these cities tend to be extremely desperate for nursing staff.

nsg101

39 Posts

Thanks for responding. Can you tell me why these hospitals are having trouble staffing nurses? I'm just curious.

twentytenRN

193 Posts

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.

ok2bme

428 Posts

Specializes in Psych, EMS.

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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