The Health Care System of America relies heavily on nurses. It could even be said that nurses are the backbone of this health care system. One out of every four health care workers is a nurse. In American hospitals, the average patient will receive care and attention from nurses for 6.3 hours of their day (Lovell Vicky, PHD, 2005). Quality care from these nurses greatly affects a patient's recovery and overall well-being. Making sure that the American health care system maintains the appropriate number of nurses on staff is vital in order to provide exceptional patient care and ensure the best treatment and recoveries possible.
I chose to focus on the nurses wages in the great state of Texas. Texas is a large state, so I have collected the average nurse's wages from the five largest cities across Texas. This average salary is based on an RN who has 5 years of nursing experience.
In Dallas, Texas, the average hourly wage for an RN is $26.22. In San Antonio, Texas, the average hourly wage for an RN is $24.68. In Houston, Texas, the average hourly wage for an RN is $28.18. In El Paso, Texas, the average hourly wage for an RN is $24.36. In Austin, Texas, the average hourly wage for an RN is $26.26. This comes out to an average hourly wage of $25.94 for the nurses who work in Texas.
As the population increases, the demand for nurses has become higher as health care needs have increased. Some experts have argued that the cause of the nurse shortage is not the amount of available nurses, but the inadequate wages and highly undesirable working conditions that have deterred would-be nurses from training in the nursing field. These individuals would rather invest in a different career then work as...