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Texas Faces Critical Nursing Shortage

Courtesy: Panola College

TEXAS NURSING SHORTAGE - There’s a shortage of qualified nurses in Texas and that shortage is expected to get much worse over the next decade.  Cindy Zolnierek , CEO of the Texas Nurses Association says there will be a shortage of at least 60-thousand nurses in Texas by 2030.                          

"There's also projected to be a shortage of licensed vocational nurses," Zlolnierek says. "As well as advanced practice nurses, particularly in the nurse practitioner role."

Zolnierek explained many  nurses are retiring, but other nurses are leaving the profession while they're young and says there are some ways nurses could be convinced to stay.

Credit Courtesy: Pixabay Public Domain Images
Courtesy: Pixabay Public Domain Images

"Allow nurses to be engaged," explains Zolnierek. "And to be active in decisions that are made in their work environmentsso we can retain them in the work setting."

Another  thing  affecting  the nursing shortage are qualified teachers.   Zolnierek   says there is also a nursing  teacher shortage, which  means  there  aren't  enough  classes to educate the number of nurses that will be needed to care for an aging population.

LINK: States with Largest Nursing Shortages

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.