Are you kidding, texas nurses? - page 2

While reading the post "how much do you make" I ran across a few posts from Texas nurses. When I was finished reading all the posts I was ready to pack up and move to Texas. I cannot believe that... Read More

  1. by   teeituptom
    and of course you have good golf in Texas
    its all flat but still very nice
  2. by   smileystudent
    Quote from zenman
    Hey! As a person born in the Republic of Texas, I resemble that remark!
    That's funny. Sure makes me miss Texans. :chuckle
  3. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from zenman
    Hey! As a person born in the Republic of Texas, I resemble that remark!
    Very good... Texans are a very proud lot of people. They LOVE their state, and don't mess with Texas if you wanna remain on their good side.
  4. by   Shotzie
    Yeah, I like it here.
    My salary is high, especially compared to others I see listed on this board, yet it's considered average for administrators in this area.
    I like the cost of housing, our friends just bought an 18 year old house that is 2950 sq feet with a pool and a large yard and it cost them $165,000 here in the 'burbs. Gas costs $1.60 a gallon now (too high but still lower than a lot of places) and restaurant prices are reasonable.
    There's no state income tax but the sales tax can sometimes bite.
    I laugh when I read (like another thread on this board) about how Texas is "a brown, flat wasteland"...well if that's what you see, get in the car and drive 3 hours and the landscape will change. East Texas is rolling hills and piney woods. Coastal south Texas is sub-tropical where flowers and veggies grow all year round and no matter how hot it is during the day the ocean breezes make evening activites enjoyable, North Texas is flat and great farming country, Central Texas is craggy mini-mountains with rocky land and beautiful country. West Texas is flat, brown and desert-like.
    Yeah, we do have humidity..but it beats snow! At least you can drive in humidity. I always say the heat is bad but our 5 months of summer (May-Sept) beats being snowed in for 6 months a year anytime...and if I want snow, I just drive across the border to New Mexico and funnel my dollars into their ski resorts.
    Texas, don't know why you'd live anywhere else!
    Texas, it's not a state, it's a religion!!
  5. by   crankyasanoldma
    I discourage nurses from coming to Texas for two reasons. First I don't want the competition- I have a good job and don't want to share. Second, I don't want that union rabble. We do a good job of standing up for ourselves and don't need the 'help'.
  6. by   Shotzie
    Ya know, Cranky..you might just have a good point...
    Why muddy the waters with more good nurses for our hospitals to have to choose from...we already have some of the best people in the country down here...
    OK everybody. just ignore what I said earlier. Texas is a BAD place to work and you will hate it. Don't come.
  7. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from Shotzie
    Ya know, Cranky..you might just have a good point...
    Why muddy the waters with more good nurses for our hospitals to have to choose from...we already have some of the best people in the country down here...
    OK everybody. just ignore what I said earlier. Texas is a BAD place to work and you will hate it. Don't come.
    Nope Shotzie, too late. You've opened the "Pandora's Box" on the wonderful state of nursing affairs in Texas. Busloads will be crossing the Red River into the "Promised Land" to work in the wonderful country of TX.
  8. by   nurse_robin
    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Darby PA ( non-profit private, union, teaching 450 beds, suburb, flagship of Mercy system) pay ~$25.00 hr-$35.00Hr with 10 + years; offering $10,000 sign on bonus if you stay 3 months, stay 18 months, get $3,000 more!
    This is the hospital that paid for my nursing school! (20 years ago) They have/had??? a program where if you agreed to work for them right out of school, they would pay your tuition. I never did work for them b/c when I graduated hospitals were tightening<sp> their belts because of a new thing at that time called DRG's. Of course 3 months later, there was a critical nursing shortage so I was glad that I didn't have to work for them for that year.
    :hatparty:
  9. by   Shotzie
    Dang it Baby RN!!
    This is just another example of a time when I should have kept my mouth shut!!! I will just never learn, I guess!

    ...I might as well be neighborly and help out a bit if this is going to happen anyway...just give me your name and I'll recommend you for a position in my institution...I can use the $2,000 referral bonus!
  10. by   nurseunderwater
    Quote from Shotzie
    Dang it Baby RN!!
    This is just another example of a time when I should have kept my mouth shut!!! I will just never learn, I guess!

    ...I might as well be neighborly and help out a bit if this is going to happen anyway...just give me your name and I'll recommend you for a position in my institution...I can use the $2,000 referral bonus!

    ::waves frantically:: no! ME! ME! - (we get 5 - I'll split it with you )
  11. by   zenman
    Posted by Shotzie: Yeah, I like it here.
    Texans should never leave Texas. Every day I sit here in Hawaii and think about how good it was in Texas compared to this third world country...I mean state. Am I a sick puppy?

    I like the cost of housing, our friends just bought an 18 year old house that is 2950 sq feet with a pool and a large yard and it cost them $165,000 here in the 'burbs.
    Right down the road (Texas talk) from me you can get yourself a really nice 1,100 square foot, brand new, one bedroom shack for only $495,000. Come get it quick!

    Gas costs $1.60 a gallon now (too high but still lower than a lot of places) and restaurant prices are reasonable.
    Since I've been here gas has been around $1.95; now it's $2.05. Restaurants? I've begged Chuy's to come over!

    Texas, don't know why you'd live anywhere else!
    Texas, it's not a state, it's a religion!!
    I miss getting in my truck and driving all over Texas. Over here our interstates go nowhere! My wife has told me she'll never leave Hawaii. Someday I may say, "I'm sure going to miss you!"
  12. by   nurseunderwater
    Quote from zenman
    Restaurants? I've begged Chuy's to come over!

    mmmmmmmmmmmm.....creamy jalapeno ranch & crispy salty chips with lots of limes.....could I fed-ex some to you on dry ice....how about a nice cold shiner to go with it???

    one of my favorite hang outs with my friends
  13. by   Nitecap
    I graduated in May on 2003 and am a staff Nurse at a major teaching Hospital in Houston. I work a little over time but nothing major, maybe one to two extra shifts a month and am on my way to making 60k this year. The senior nurses on the unit say that have been here 6-10 plus years are making 70k at least and with overtime some are making 90k. Plus Houston is one of the cheapest major metropolitan areas to live in, in the nation. I dont know why the high pay but Im all about it.

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