Teaching Hospitals of Texas president and CEO Maureen Milligan outlined the main challenges hospitals face as they work to solve the critical nursing shortage in Texas and what steps Texas lawmakers can take to help in a recent op-ed published in the March 22 Austin American-Stateman.

Nurses are the lifeblood of the health care system, and the shortage of nurses continues to trend in the wrong direction. While the current state budget bill includes more funding for nurse education, state lawmakers must also consider measures that strengthen clinical training opportunities. Decisive action this legislative session can ensure that Texas bolsters its nursing workforce by adding and retaining nurses.

A shortage of nurses can affect timely care for anyone seeking medical care in Texas, and Teaching Hospitals of Texas advocates for solutions that strengthen the nurse workforce that supports the state’s entire health care system.

Building Texas’ Nursing Workforce

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Read the full op-ed here.