Anything good about working in Texas? - page 6

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   Ironclad
    Some people wrote about working conditions and the pay rate in TX, I wrote about working conditions and pay rate in California. In this respect TX seems to be significantly worse then California. In fact I have TX RN license, and I wish working conditions in that state would be better. I did not write anything bad about TX itself. If you can't see the difference, I can't help it. By the way, we are sharing opinions and experiences here, aren't we? (See the name of the Thread above).
    Last edit by Ironclad on Jan 7, '08
  2. by   RainDreamer
    There's nothing wrong with coming in and stating your opinion/experience relating to the question the OP is asking. But when you come into another state forum and repeatedly go on about the nurse-to-patient ratio in TX being bad and how working in CA is better, in your opinion ..... then prepare for people to take some offense from it.
    Last edit by RainDreamer on Jan 7, '08
  3. by   Kyrshamarks
    Quote from Ironclad
    For 20 bucks per hr? No, thnx.

    I've never heard about ratios higher then 1:5 in CA hospitals. On Telemetry units the ratios are 1:4.

    If you think that working conditions for TX nurses are safe and pay rate is fair, good for you. That will keep your employer happy too. That's exactly what they need, cheap workforce that make more work for less money.
    For $20 an hour...I will not even get out of bed for that little. I sure as heck make alot more than 20 an hour in fact I make in the upper 50's an hour without diffs being added in.
  4. by   Ironclad
    Quote from Kyrshamarks
    For $20 an hour...I will not even get out of bed for that little. I sure as heck make alot more than 20 an hour in fact I make in the upper 50's an hour without diffs being added in.
    Happy for you. Other posters on this forum are not so optimistic.
    Quote from RainDreamer
    There's nothing wrong with coming in and stating your opinion/experience relating to the question the OP is asking. But when you come into another state forum and repeatedly go on about the nurse-to-patient ratio in TX being bad and how working in CA is better, in your opinion ..... then prepare for people to take some offense from it.
    I made my point. You think 1:8 for 20 bucks/hr is cool? Great. What else is good about working in Texas?
    Last edit by Ironclad on Jan 8, '08
  5. by   RainDreamer
    Quote from Ironclad
    Happy for you. Other posters on this forum are not so optimistic. I made my point. You think 1:8 for 20 bucks/hr is cool? Great. What else is good about working in Texas?
    Nowhere did I say that "1:8 for 20 bucks/hr is cool". And that's a huge generalization to say that everywhere in TX the ratio is 1:8 and the pay is $20/hr. It's a big state
  6. by   BellaCerraRN
    Quote from RainDreamer
    Nowhere did I say that "1:8 for 20 bucks/hr is cool". And that's a huge generalization to say that everywhere in TX the ratio is 1:8 and the pay is $20/hr. It's a big state
    I don't know of any nurses that make $20/hr or work with a 1:8 ratio. Like I said, on a bad day a nurse may get stuck with 6 pts. On a horrible day 7 and when that happens anyone with an LVN or RN is putting on scrubs and hitting the floor to help. We've had house supervisors, educators, case managers, social workers etc work the floor in such circumstances.
  7. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from RainDreamer
    But when you come into another state forum and repeatedly go on about the nurse-to-patient ratio in TX being bad and how working in CA is better, in your opinion ..... then prepare for people to take some offense from it.
    Thank you. This was eloquently stated.
  8. by   Kyrshamarks
    I can think of one other great thing about working in Texas..the state is NOT California.
  9. by   RainDreamer
    Quote from Kyrshamarks
    I can think of one other great thing about working in Texas..the state is NOT California.
  10. by   BellaCerraRN
    Quote from Kyrshamarks
    I can think of one other great thing about working in Texas..the state is NOT California.
    Amen and hallelujah! That's why I'm still here.
  11. by   daisyfleur70
    Anyone working in the Austin area? Is there a surplus of nurses there? What's the market like? I'm an Austin girl who moved away a while ago, and I'm thinking of moving back down there because I've been missing it
  12. by   smk1
    How many of you have had a problem with group one? Is it really as big of an issue as some claim? what can a new grad expect in the Dallas/ft. worth area? How about Austin?
  13. by   sjt9721
    Quote from SMK1
    How many of you have had a problem with group one? Is it really as big of an issue as some claim?
    As of last Tuesday, I've been in Texas 10 years. Have worked for 3 facilities on the Dallas side of DFW. Have friends in facilities all over. Haven't had nor heard of someone having a problem with Group One.

    I don't know about smaller companies, but at the larger, acute care facilities...HR cares more about Group One than nurse managers, because in the end, HR keys in the reason someone leaves and chooses eligible/not eligible for re-hire.

    (For the love of everything that's holy...please don't turn this into a Group One thread! :smackingf)

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