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.
Nursing assistantsincluding nursing aides, nursing attendants and nursing care attendants work under the supervision of nursing and medical staff to complete routine tasks and provide direct patient care. Nursing assistants might help patients with grooming and eating, straighten up patients rooms, escort them to exam rooms, take their pulse and more. The federal government requires nursing aides that work in nursing care facilities to complete a state-approved training program and pass an evaluation test to become Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent job growth for nursing aides, orderlies and attendants.