THOT-supported Senate Bill 25 adds critical funding for clinical site training programs for nurses and will soon be voted on by the Texas House.
SB 25, by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, incorporates THOT-supported SB 2059/ HB 3930 to create an omnibus nurse workforce package that includes funding for clinical site training programs for nurses and grant funding for nurse education and training programs, as well as funding for nurse scholarships.
SB 25 as amended with SB2059/HB 3930 will receive a full House vote as early as this week.
Texas faces a projected shortage of 57,012 registered nurses and 12,572 licensed vocational nurses by 2032. Insufficient clinical training capacity and insufficient number of nurse faculty have been identified as the primary obstacles to overcoming the shortage.
SB 25 includes several of THOT’s recommended investments, including:
- Funding for preceptor pay differentials at clinical sites to increase the number of preceptors needed to expand clinical site capacity.
- The creation and funding of nursing innovation and coordination grants for clinical sites, including hospitals and health systems.
- Increased funding for workplace violence prevention.
- The creation and funding of clinical nurse faculty grant programs.
Learn more about THOT’s recommendations to support the nursing workforce.