On the Records: Expanded Nursing Could Boost Economy

Giving advanced practice registered nurses in Texas an expanded role in health care through legislative changes next year could increase the state’s economic output by $8 billion annually and create nearly 100,000 permanent jobs, according to a report by economist Ray Perryman released Monday.

“We don’t have enough doctors. We don’t have enough nurses, and the gap is widening every day,” Perryman said, noting the growing population in Texas. “So we don’t have any choice but to try to use the resources we have more efficiently.”

Perryman is president of the Waco-based economic and financial analysis firm The ...

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