Hello Texan nurses, especially the ones in Austin.
I would like to ask from some guidance to see if moving to Austin would be a good fit for me. So obviously reading from the title of this post, you could see that I am the minority of minority of minority. ^^ I am a new grad, gay, and Asian. I recently got asked to visit Austin for an interview with St.David for the Telemetry floor of South Austin. From the look of it, they seem to be pretty desperate for hiring. I currently live in San Jose, Bay Area and it is impossible to find job anywhere here. I also want to move because I consider myself young and would like to travel more out of my comfort zone.
However, it is such a big decision especially it concerns not only nursing-wise experience but also lifestyle and sometimes my living safety.
My most concern is the gay and race thing: When I moved to this country from Vietnam, I have received nothing but positive feedbacks. Despite of my background as a newcomer, I have made so many friends regardless to their skin color or their sexual orientation. In fact, I never feel like I am strongly discriminated here. Sometimes ppl can be biased toward me but it has never been because of my race or sexual orientation. My friends told me that it is because I am really friendly and positive all the time so even when a giant bigot is bashing me I would not be so offended. Then I also realize I am in California, liberal is almost the ppl's middle name. And the laws are written to protect me. I wonder my experience would be different by anyway if I move to Austin, Tx. My friends are really worried by my safety and against me moving to Austin. I meant I would never demand for gay marriage or showing blatant PDA in public or have to broadcast that I am gay all the time or anything. And it would also not be the first time if someone ever calls me names.... ^^ but I would not want people just randomly beat me up because they suspect I am gay and Asian.... And also I heard rumor that in the gay population of Austin, they are actually the most racist of them all toward ppl like me? Is that true? Could any gay male nurse in Austin burst this prejudice statement for me?
For nursing-wise: Do you think St.David is a good place to start? I understand it is a for-profit hospital and such, but really as a new grad, do I have any other choice? How is the patient-ratio over there if anyone know.
For living situation: I am told the most I could ask out of St.David would be $22/hr. That is significantly low compared to where I am coming from, they pay per diem CNA almost 18 here already. And Austin is still a big city with not so inexpensive cost of living either. Would I be able to afford a OK apt for myself with a new grad's wage?
Any input would be appreciated. And I also understand what I have heard could just be all rumors and biases as well. I hope I don't offend anyone with their love for the home state. Normally, I would never give in to stereotypical or prejudice statements and would like to test the place out by myself. However, I have some financial limitations and once I make the move it would be hard to move back to California. I hope I could get some reassurances on here before making any hasty move at my vulnerable stage of a new graduate.
Thank you very much.