Texas’ nursing shortage precedes the COVID-19 pandemic, but the pandemic made the shortage even more acute. For more than a decade, analysts have forecast a growing gap between available licensed registered nurses and need. The ongoing pandemic and the unrelenting need for inpatient care widened that gap even further. In addition, the increased reliance on temporary and contract nurses drove up staffing costs, causing more nurses to leave full-time hospital employment for more lucrative temporary positions.
Amid the significant staffing challenges, Texas’ teaching hospitals are staying true to their patient care and educational missions.
In October 2021, THOT interviewed nursing leaders with three of our member institutions to better understand the operational shifts and investments taken to manage the nurse staffing shortage.
Among the findings: