Why Become a Nurse in Texas

Why should you become a nurse in Texas? The answer can be summed up in one word – opportunity.

Concordia University Texas ABSN students working abroad

According to for Forbes, Austin, TX ranks consistently among the number two and number three fastest-growing cities for jobs. Since Forbes began ranking in 2000, here is how the city of Austin measures up to other major metro areas:

Austin’s job growth is:

  • 3x higher than New York City.
  • 4x higher than San Francisco.
  • 5x higher than Los Angeles.
  • 10x higher than Chicago.

Nurse Licensure Compact State

Another huge benefit to becoming a nurse in Texas is that it is a nurse licensure compact state, which allows licensed nurses to practice in multiple states, saving them from having to apply for licensure to work in another state.

The Nurse Licensure Compact began in 2000 to expand the mobility of nurses as part of the nation’s healthcare delivery system. Here is a map of all the states currently included in the Nurse Licensure Compact.

Map highlighting the states involved in the nurse licensure compact.

To be eligible for a Texas Compact License, a nurse must:

  1. Reside in Texas as his/her legal residence.
  2. Hold an active RN/LVN license without current disciplinary action.
  3. Declare Texas as his/her primary state of residence.
  4. Meet Texas licensure requirements.

Please contact an admissions counselor to find out if earning a nursing degree in Texas is the right fit for you.

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