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Nursing - An Occupation in Demand

Registered nurses are in short supply at the national, state, and local level. In the Gulf Coast Region,* health care providers continue to grow in response to ever-increasing population demands. Nursing is the largest health care profession in the United States. Te nursing shortage  is expected to worsen between now and 2020.

Registered nurses are in short supply at the national, state, and local level. In the Gulf Coast Region of Texas, health care providers continue to grow in response to ever-increasing population demands.

Nursing is the largest health care profession in the United States. The nursing shortage is expected to worsen between now and 2022.

Factors contributing to the shortage:

  • A growing and aging population
  • A workforce that is approaching retirement age
  • Limited faculty available for training programs

 


There are more RNs needed each year than any other professional occupation in the region!

More Registered Nurses Are Needed Each Year Than  Any Other Professional Occupation in the Region!

 


RNs earned an average of $36.19/hour in 2014. That's $11.86 more per hour than the region's $24.33 average!

RNs earned an average of $36.19/hour in 2014. That's $11.86 more per hour than the region's $24.33 average!

*Counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller and Wharton.

 


Pathway to Earning an Initial or Basic Nursing DegreePathway to Earning an Initial or Basic Nursing Degree

In the Gulf Coast Region, there are two options for earning an initial or basic nursing degree:

  • An Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing
  • A Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing

After completing an RN degree program, an individual must then successfully pass a national exam to be granted a license in Texas. Bachelor of science degrees and associate degrees allow graduates to take the national exam in Texas or in other states, and once passed, allow graduates to use the title of Registered Nurse.

 


Start Early and Be Prepared

Gaining admission into nursing programs is very competitive. More students are turned away each year than are accepted. Students should strive for the highest GPA possible to provide them with the edge needed for acceptance into a nursing program. Gaining admission into nursing programs is very competitive. More  students are turned away each year than are accepted. Students should strive for the highest GPA possible to provide them with the edge  	needed for acceptance into a nursing program.   Nursing requires a high school background with strengths in English comprehension, algebra, chemistry, biology and psychology.

Nursing requires a high school background with strengths in English comprehension, algebra, chemistry, biology and psychology.


 

 

 

 

 


Preparing for a Career in Nursing*

9th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English I

World Geography

Career-Related Electives:
Introduction to Health Science Technology AND Medical Terminology

Algebra I

Languages other than English I

Biology

Health/PE or Equivalent

10th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English II

World History

Career-Related Electives:
Health Science Technology I
or Mental Health or Gerontology

Geometry

Languages other than English II

Chemistry

Technology Applications

11th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English III

United States History

Career-Related Electives:
Health Science Technology II or
Anatomy and Physiology of Human
Systems or Gerontology or Languages
other than English III

Algebra II

Communication Applications

Physics

PE or Equivalent

12th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English IV

Government/Economics

Career-Related Electives:
Health Science Technology III or
Independent Study or Pathophysiology or Medical Microbiology or Pharmacology or Clinical Nutrition or Psychology or Languages other than English IV

AP Statistics

Fine Arts

Scientific Research
and Design

 

*Source: AchieveTexas.org

 


Gulf Coast Region Registered Nurse Programs

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*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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