Texas provides numerous opportunities for nursing degrees and quality education. Prospective students can find at least six locations where offer doctoral degrees are offered, including Texas Woman’s University in Denton, The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, University of Texas in Houston, Arlington and Austin, and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. These campuses also offer the MSN in various specialties such as administration, gerontology and acute care, and some offer the BSN degree as well. Other programs such as the Baptist Health System schools of nursing offer on-site education in a hospital setting that culminates in vocational certificates in LPN, LVN or RN or diploma programs. Many other larger colleges and communities colleges offer vocational training or degrees in towns and cities such as Amarillo, Abilene, Kilgore, Corpus Christ and more.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $14,000 and $77,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. One of the largest employers in Texas includes Baptist Medical System, which as been ranked among the top fiver percent of hospitals in the nation for orthopedic surgery and for vascular surgery. It is the only hospital system in San Antonio to achieve HealthGrades highest designation (top five percent) for orthopedic and vascular care. Another large employer includes Baylor Health System, with a main office in Dallas and branches located in Fort Worth, Frisco, Garland, Irving, Trophy Club, Waxahachie, Grapevine and Plano. Baylor strives to provide exemplary care at every opportunity from preventive medicine such as free health education classes and screenings to advanced treatment methods to fight incurable diseases. Other large employers include Methodist Health Care System based in Houston, Northwest Texas Healthcare System (NWTHS) in Amarillo, Parkland Health & Hospital System and Tenet Healthcare (THC), both located in Dallas. Triad Hospitals, Inc., through its affiliates, owns and manages hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in small cities and selected larger urban markets. The Company currently operates 53 hospitals and 12 ambulatory surgery centers in 17 states with approximately 9,790 licensed beds. Headquartered in Plano, TX, Triad has opportunities listings for both corporate and affiliated healthcare facilities nationwide. Finally, for nursing graduates who seek employment in specialty services, Texas offers U.S. Oncology, the nation’s largest health-care services network devoted exclusively to cancer treatment and research. Outside these large health care employers, this state offers hospitals, health care systems and clinics in areas such as Lufkin in Angelina County, Tyler in Smith County and Brownwood in Brown County. Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the employment opportunities for nurses.