Anything good about working in Texas? - page 3

I'll be moving to Rice, Tx in 6-12 months. I'm a little uneasy about working in Tx from reading some of the threads. I'll be living near Corsicana, Waxahachie, and Ennis..any good places for an RN to... Read More

  1. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from TheCommuter
    The aforementioned poster lives in the Texas Panhandle, which has a surplus of nurses and the resulting low pay rates. However, the market for nursing is good in DFW and Houston.
    On the travel assignment I just completed, every single traveler at the unit was from TX. A few of us were there d/t lack of jobs in our respective areas of TX. For the others, it was all about the poor working conditions experienced in TX.

    We all talked about our situations a lot.
  2. by   MBsGirl
    Argh..! and I haven't worked ICU or the bedside in over a year!
    Guess I'll just have to see what's available when I get down there and make the best of it.
  3. by   Kim O'Therapy
    Quote from Pageantnurse
    I'll be in TX in '08 to close on a house with hubby. We are from FL but home prices have skyrocketed in the areas we would be willing to live in and property taxes and home insurance(IF you can get it) are ridiculously high. And you want to start an RN off there at $18? I make $32 an hour now in PA as a LPN and pay 780/mo in rent (well the travel co pays it but still) I will not pay 9k a year in tax and insurance for a 350k house on 18 bucks an hour in central FL. Not to mention the house is half the size of what we found in TX for a third of the price.
    I agree with you. I'm a native of Orlando, but live in TX now. The pay in FL is lower than TX, but the housing is ridiculous in central Florida. My $215K house in a a suburb of Houston is bigger than the one my sister has on the market in Orlando for $545K. Good luck with your move. My husband and I have lived here for about 4 years now and like it.
  4. by   aggieamy5
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    In my area of Texas, housing prices are dropping. My house is probably worth less than I paid for it 5 years ago. Houses are sitting on the mkt for months and months. The listings and signs frequently say "price reduced!"

    My house is a 3/1.75/2. Nice house in a nice area. Paid $107,000. 5 years ago. However, there is a big surplus of nurses here. Wages are very low, and jobs are scarce. All the RNs I know in this town (including me) have become travelers just so we can work.

    I hope we can make some money on our house when we sell.

    The job market really depends on which area of Texas you are working in. My husband is an RN in the Houston area and there definitely appears to be a shortage of nurses here. When he applied for jobs this past June as a new graduate, he was offered a job at every single place he applied. All of these jobs offered very nice wages and most pay the employee's health benefits in full. The nursing shortage here is only projected to get worse. As for housing in the Houston suburbs, it appears to be a buyer's market right now.
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from aggieamy5
    The job market really depends on which area of Texas you are working in. My husband is an RN in the Houston area and there definitely appears to be a shortage of nurses here. When he applied for jobs this past June as a new graduate, he was offered a job at every single place he applied. All of these jobs offered very nice wages and most pay the employee's health benefits in full. The nursing shortage here is only projected to get worse. As for housing in the Houston suburbs, it appears to be a buyer's market right now.
    A number of the travelers I know from this area have done contracts in Houston. There are jobs in the big metro areas in TX, but we are a-hurtin in the small towns and rural areas.
  6. by   MBsGirl
    I do have some hope..I've seen positions posted in Ennis, Corsicana, and Waxahachie.
    Has anyone worked in those hospitals? What about Agency work in those areas?
  7. by   anil25november
    I have read a lot about working in Houston, DFW, etc. But does anybody work in Mission, Texas? ---nursing homes or hospitals...Don't know anything about this place. Please send me a PM. thanks.
  8. by   ManRN2be
    1 good thing about Texas..... NO STATE INCOME TAX!
  9. by   scarlet
    In East Texas & in the Galveston County areas there is a nursing shortage if you want to call it that. It may be that the population has grown so much. Either way we can not get enough nurses & have been using agency nurses in east Texas. Pay in this area (East Texas) ranges from $16 LVN Hospital / $20 RN Hospital, $18 to $23 LVN LTC / $25 to $30 RN LTC. Weekend Super RN 32/40 paying $30 - $35. LTC LVN TILE / MDS $25, RN LTC TILE / MDS $30 - $40 hourly.

    Good Luck!
  10. by   Ironclad
    What is RN LTC TILE / MDS?
  11. by   Ironclad
    Quote from aggieamy5
    The job market really depends on which area of Texas you are working in. My husband is an RN in the Houston area and there definitely appears to be a shortage of nurses here. When he applied for jobs this past June as a new graduate, he was offered a job at every single place he applied. All of these jobs offered very nice wages and most pay the employee's health benefits in full. The nursing shortage here is only projected to get worse. As for housing in the Houston suburbs, it appears to be a buyer's market right now.
    What do you call a good pay rate? How much? What is a nurse to patient ratio at the hospital where your husband works?
  12. by   Ironclad
    Quote from BellaCerraRN
    I was born and raised in California and by no means jealous of ANYONE that still lives there. I got to Texas as fast as I can. In the podunk central valley town I was from crap box houses that are barely worth buying are going for 500K. The house I was born in (Santa Barbara) that my parents bought for 19,500 in 1965 just sold for 835K 4 months ago (3 bedroom starter home). The house I live in now (3 br on 2 acres) apraised at 110K would easily fetch upwards of 650K in many parts of cali.

    Of course salaries in Cali are higher, but so are the headaches and the list goes on... I wouldn't trade my $34 an hour job here for ANYTHING in Cali.
    I live in Modesto, CA area. Moved here in May 2007. The pay rate at my hospital is $34/hour. I rent my one bedroom for $650/month. If you want to buy a house here the price range from $200,000 to $500,000. Where do you live?
    Last edit by Ironclad on Dec 29, '07
  13. by   scarlet
    TILE Nurse: Texas Index Level of Effort, a rating system to determine payment reimbursement.

    MDS Nurse: Minimum Data Sets, Resident assessment required for Medicare / Medicaid reimbursement.

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