The Texas Nursing Shortage: Condition Critical.
More Graduates Needed to Close the Gap
According to the latest projections from the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies, demand for full-time registered nurses in Texas in 2008 exceeds supply by 22,000. Without major increases in funding for nurse education, this gap widens to 70,000 by 2020 as the state’s rapidly growing population ages and requires more acute care, and as older nurse retire or reduce the hours they work.
The Texas Legislature and nursing schools have responded. In 2007, Texas nursing schools graduated 7,000 new registered nurses – a 55 percent increase over the 4,500 produced in 2001. While impressive, this increase is far below the numbers needed to close the supply/demand gap.
At the same time, Texas nursing schools have turned away thousands of qualified applicants – some 8,000 in 2008 alone. The problem is a shortage of qualified faculty willing to teach at prevailing salaries. Nurse faculty salaries must be competitive with schools in other states and with what nurses qualified to teach can earn in clinical practice settings.
What can you do? Consider contacting your Chamber of Commerce and other community groups who are concerned about the nursing shortage. Use the Nursing Coalition Fact sheet to support the critical condition of the nursing shortage. A sample letter is available in the right hand navigation as well as the Coalition Fact sheet.
The Texas Nursing Workforce Shortage Coalition believes the 2009 Texas Legislature should provide an additional $60 million in special-item funding to increase the annual production of RN graduates from 7,000 in 2007 to 13,000 in 2013, almost doubling output. This level of additional funding must be sustained in subsequent years to help close the supply/demand gap. This solution will:
Increase capacity. Nursing schools cite the lack of faculty as the biggest barrier to enrolling more students.
Improve efficiency. State dollars should be used to create incentives for nursing schools to admit and graduate more registered nursing students within a reasonable time.
Assist nursing students. Financial aid and other incentives should be available to nursing students to encourage enrollment and graduation.
Hold schools accountable. The Texas Legislature should build accountability into higher education funding allocations so that dollars actually produce more nursing graduates. Schools with records of producing year-over-year increases in the number of graduates or achieving high graduation rates should be given upfront funding to build on their proven successes.
The Legislature should affirm its commitment to institutions of higher education by restoring adequate support for the nursing funding formulas.
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