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Nursing, Hotels, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Mon., June 30, 2014

According to the Texas Board of Nursing, there are more than 32,000 registered nurses in Harris County, and those numbers are expected to grow in the coming years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022. But while the demand for nurses […]

According to the Texas Board of Nursing, there are more than 32,000 registered nurses in Harris County, and those numbers are expected to grow in the coming years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022. But while the demand for nurses is there, supply is falling short, and that gap is expected to intensify as Baby Boomers age and the need for health care grows.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss job opportunities in nursing here in Houston, as well as the challenges nurses face today and in the years ahead.

Also this hour: More than 13 million people visited Greater Houston in 2012. (That’s the most recent data available from the Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau). And many of those visitors, when they were here, stayed in one of the area’s approximately 700,000 hotel rooms. And yet, there could be room for more hotels in Greater Houston. We explore the current state of the Houston hotel industry and the challenges and opportunities facing hotel managers and their staffs.

Plus: The Houston Astros were impressive in their weekend series win over a stacked Detroit Tigers lineup. But their one loss was a heartbreaker, and it exposed where this club fighting to climb out of the American League cellar may still be – in roster talent and strategy – a few steps behind. CultureMap Houston’s MK Bower joins us to discuss the goings-on in Houston sports.

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