There is a clear gap between the supply and the demand for Texas nursing jobs. Like elsewhere, Texas is suffering from a shortage of nurses, to the tune of 70,000 by 2020. The State Legislature is working on a number of bills to improve training capacity so that they can fill many of these Texas nursing jobs. Though the bulk of the nursing jobs in Texas are located in the Dallas and Houston areas, there is a clear need for nurses throughout the State.
Legal nurse consultants (LNCs) lend their nursing experience and expertise to attorneys to help with the medical aspects of their cases. Several organizations and agencies exist for legal nurse consultants, though the main professional LNC organization is the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. The Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC) program is maintained by the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board (ALNCCB) and is accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS). A registered nurse can also become a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC), but this credential is not recognized by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS).