nursetaminator, RN 3,820 Views
Joined Jul 10, '07.
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Of those 3, Houston probably has the lowest COL but overall they're all about the same. Austin (& surrounding area) is one of the largest growing cities in the country & I think rents tend to be higher. Traffic sucks in all 3. Shopping is great in all 3. Housing would probably be cheaper than Houston or Dallas.
Weather: All will get up to around 100 in the summer. Dallas gets more severe storms but more of all 4 seasons than the other 2. Austin area has been in a really bad drought for several years. Houston - hot and muggy, close to the coast, possibility of hurricanes. About the only places in Texas that see much of a "winter" would be around the panhandle: Lubbock, Amarillo, Midland/Odessa. I'm in central Texas and wear flip flops pretty much all year long. It just doesn't get very cold here.
Austin is a very outdoorsy type city and you're in the center of the state so quick and easy to get to different parts of the Texas to see things. Houston - you've got the gulf coast, easy days drive to New Orleans, cruises leave from Galveston. Dallas - something always going on there.
But from what I understand Texas isn't one of the best paying states for travelers. Most new RN or RN/BSN (residents - not travelers) will start off around $25-28/hr in the hospital. Jobs can be kind of hard to come by bc we have a lot of nursing programs in the state. Very competitive job market. If you don't have any RN experience it can sometimes be tough.
Each city has lots to offer and there's always so much to go/do/see. I'm not a traveler (yet) but that's my perspective on Texas as a resident. I love it here and it's a great place to call home.
Good luck to ya!
That's my dream!!!!
I want to travel with the fam while nursing, husband would home school the kids.
Any tips, advice, how you make it work????
It just takes time, a ton of patience and a ton of stamina. It will get easier in the sense that you'll start learning how to group tasks, remember to check several different places for meds (fridge, med cabinet, incoming box), better/more efficient ways to chart, etc, etc. But it takes a while. Don't be too hard on yourself.
I make sure my COW is properly stocked in the morning (alcohol, insulin syringes, tape, saline, etc) so I have the basic things I'll need. I use a brain sheet bc it helps keep me organized. I usually put 2 3X3 post it notes on that sheet that I make short notes of things I'll need, things to chart, things to charge for - you name it. I don't carry a clip board to each pt's room, just my folded up brain sheet in my pocket. I do have a 3 ring binder I keep at my nurses station with extra forms, various notes, or anything with info I'd need to have quickly at hand. I made a card that's the size of my badge that has phone extensions to the places I call the most, laminated it and have it on on my lanyard. Bought myself a pulse ox and tempadots since those 2 things seem to be scarce and I get tired of searching for ours. You have to find a system that works for you and keep revising and perfecting it. Pay attention to what other nurses around you do and don't be afraid to ask them for suggestions on how to be more efficient.
Seems like the first year of everything is hard work: marriage, new job, kids!!! A year from now you'll look back and have a good laugh at yourself. I know I have with each new "adventure."
Best of luck to you. Keep hanging in there!! And God bless ALL nurses - each specialty is challenging in its own way.
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