Anyone working as a nurse at laredo medical center?? pls give info

  1. ey anyone out there been to laredo,texas?? hows the life there? climate? the people? is it a peaceful place to live in? does anyone ever worked there at laredo medical center?? hows the hospital environment? policy? the doctors are they friendly? patient ratio? and perhaps, salary i guess? i need info because i plan to apply there using working visa? thanks in advance..
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  3. by   bcpamisa
    hello there babyblue18,

    am also a filipina working here as an RN in Laredo Medical Center. I've been here for only 2 months. i travelled w/ my whole family and arrived oct 2. my first impression w/ laredo itself is a very remote place. it seems that you're not in america. but if you're only starting to have a life in america, i tell you, its the best place to be hre. there are a lot of filipinos here and are very very friendly. they would reach out to help you in any way they could. LMC will also house you for free. sponsored nurses all have stayed in their staff house. cost of living is simple. you dont have to worry about buying branded clothings coz nobody would mind you. apartments are cheap ranging from 500-700. everything is accesible, grocery, church, school, mall, etc. 30 mins ride around laredo is considered far already. my apartment is just 3-5 min ride away from LMC. we dont have a car yet but grocery is just a stones throw away from home. my kids would just also walk to skul. sometimes i would only walk in going to work. but of course, when we are all settled and stable, buying a car here is easy.

    with LMC itself, they are really understaff. the patient ratio is quite high. but as i said, it's a good start here. there are a lot of nurses mostly from BOHOL who just arrive as working visa. a lot are still coming. anywhere you go in LMC or any unit you will be assigned, there is always a Filipino you can help and assist you, promise.

    Just go ahead with your plans in coming here. Looking forward to seeing you very soon! and ......
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Dec 13, '07 : Reason: Please type posts in the English language only, per TOS.
  4. by   RN1989
    I have to disagree with the above poster about living in Laredo. I understand that you are probably desperate to get into the U.S. which is why you are looking at trying to get them to sponsor you. There is a reason that they are looking for nurses outside of the U.S. American nurses generally do not want to live and work there.

    Laredo is on the border of Texas and Mexico. Thus the hospitals are probably heavy hit with illegal aliens trying to get free care from the. My guess is that they are so understaffed that you are putting your license in jeopardy on a daily basis to work there. License revocation usually means you don't get to stay in the U.S.

    Laredo and it's sister on the other side Neuvo Laredo is a heavy drug crime area. Lots of murders, robbery and kidnapping related to the drug scene.

    Perhaps you and the above poster are willing to live there because you desperately desire to live in the U.S. But be warned - if American nurses are not willing to work with such high ratios in a dangerous area - it is NOT an ideal situation to be in.
  5. by   Ironclad
    Quote from bcpamisa
    hello there babyblue18,

    am also a filipina working here as an RN in Laredo Medical Center. I've been here for only 2 months. i travelled w/ my whole family and arrived oct 2. my first impression w/ laredo itself is a very remote place. it seems that you're not in america. but if you're only starting to have a life in america, i tell you, its the best place to be hre. there are a lot of filipinos here and are very very friendly. they would reach out to help you in any way they could. LMC will also house you for free. sponsored nurses all have stayed in their staff house. cost of living is simple. you dont have to worry about buying branded clothings coz nobody would mind you. apartments are cheap ranging from 500-700. everything is accesible, grocery, church, school, mall, etc. 30 mins ride around laredo is considered far already. my apartment is just 3-5 min ride away from LMC. we dont have a car yet but grocery is just a stones throw away from home. my kids would just also walk to skul. sometimes i would only walk in going to work. but of course, when we are all settled and stable, buying a car here is easy.

    with LMC itself, they are really understaff. the patient ratio is quite high. but as i said, it's a good start here. there are a lot of nurses mostly from BOHOL who just arrive as working visa. a lot are still coming. anywhere you go in LMC or any unit you will be assigned, there is always a Filipino you can help and assist you, promise.

    Just go ahead with your plans in coming here. Looking forward to seeing you very soon! and ......
    I visited Laredo in February 2007. I was offered a job at Laredo Medical Center. But I had to turn it down. They offered me 17.50 per hour + 2.50 as a differential for working nights. They did offer a sign up bonus of 7,000 dollars with one year contract. They did not offer any assistance with housing.

    So, what is the actual nurse to patient ratio at LMC? What is a pay rate? Do you have mandatory overtime? Is it paid as time and a half?


    Like you've already mentioned, it's a very remote place. Laredo is not America, it rather looks like Mexico. In order to leave a town a need to pass immigration control. I also would like to mention that it's very hot there. Even in February in was 90 degrees on the sun.
    Last edit by Ironclad on Dec 26, '07

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