Anyone who has read my posts knows that I am having a terrible time as an RN in Texas, and that I hate it here.
Dh is doing all he can to try and get us out of here.
Before moving to Texas, read the posts here and this thread (read the whole thing!)
Some like nursing in Texas, and some do not.
I have worked as an RN in 3 cities in TX, far south, north and far north.
My experience with nursing here is that jobs are low paying, usually do not have any benifits (no health ins, no 401k)
and Texas does not even require employers to have Workman's Comp.
In the hospitals I've worked in (med surg) nurses get 9-13 pts all by themselves- no CNAs, no unit clerks.
I have worked in dialysis clinics in TX, in which nurses are required to scrub the toilets and sinks, and mop the floors every day after the pts leave.
The pay is so low, that it is cheaper for these facilities to have nurses do the janitorial work than to hire janitorial services.
There are many threads on many sites, such as Delphi forums travel nursing, where nurses complain about TX, and many refuse to work here.
In some areas of TX, such as where I live, there is a surplus of nurses and no jobs available. I have been looking for a job for over a year. I have become a traveler as there is nothing for nurses here. My recruiter says that many of the nurses he works with are from my area and are traveling because they can't find work.
I come from another state. I assumed that the nursing "shortage" was everywhere and did not check into the nursing situation in TX before we came. If I had, I never would have come here.
A former moderator at allnurses asked my advice about moving here. She was offered a job in South Texas in the same hospital where I had worked. I advised her not to take it, but she did anyway. A year later, she emailed me and told me how awful it was for her here, and how she and her husband were doing all they could to get out of TX.
I used to have a fullfilling career as an RN. That has all changed since moving here. It has been hard on my self esteem.
I am angry that I worked so hard to become an RN, was valedictorian of my nursing class, and have great references and experience, but am unable to find a job here.
Texas is a big state, and the situation may be better in the area you are considering. I would seriously look into it before moving.