From Lubbock! Tech has a great law school and I have worked with 2 other nurses who's husbands went there.
UMC is affiliated with Tech's School of Medicine and is a great place for nurses. They support nursing staff as able in this time of crunch. Salaries will seem less than in the northwest but are definitely comparable to the area. Med surg ratios are 1:5-6, ICU ratios are 1:1-3. www.teamumc.com
We are the only Trauma Level 1 in the area and are the only Childrens Miracle Network hospital in the area.
Ok, did my bit for recruiting. Lubbock is a moderate size city with delusions of grandeur
. Cost of living is going to seem very affordable after coming from Seattle. Great schools here. Good restaurants. Only 1 mall but it is a good size. We have most everything you might need from a city but you can be almost anywhere in the city in about 15 minutes. Well set up roads system. People are very friendly and glad to help out. Most houses are single story - just an interesting fact.
Hope this helps some.