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