Hospitals in the Dallas area seem to be doing a better job at keeping nursing jobs filled than the rest of Texas, with a total hospital staffing vacancy rate much lower than the statewide rate of 11 percent. However, the rate for RNs was a little higher, and the nursing shortage is still a major concern. A recent law will address this issue by providing $30 million in funding to increase enrollment at nursing schools so qualified applicants stop getting turned down. This will be a great aid to hospitals where nurses are being overworked because of a lack of staff. Major hospitals in Dallas include Parkland Memorial Hospital, Baylor University Medical Center, and Medical City Hospital.
Patient care technicians (or PC techs) work under the supervision of nursing and medical staff to complete routine tasks and provide direct patient care. Certified nursing assistants, hospital attendants, licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses are examples of patient care technicians. Patient care technician job requirements will vary greatly depending on the job; some will require CNA certification while others will only require a high school diploma. Because of this, patient care technician salary will also vary greatly between positions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent job growth for nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, at 19%.