MI new grad to Texas - page 2

Hi everyone, So, I have a lot of questions and I hope that all of you can help me find some answers. Some background on me, I have a previous degree in Kinesiology and have worked in cardiac rehab, as a college physical... Read More

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    Melosaur, you bring up a great point. I did not know you could physically sit for the exam in another state (i.e. take the TX NCLEX in MI). However, my husband and I plan to move to TX shortly after graduation, so I'll most likely schedule it somewhere in TX. But, thank you for making me aware of that option. I had no idea.

    So, since you did the "big move," were you able to find a new grad position quickly?

    Everyone, I appreciate the continual answer to my questions. I don't know a lot of good cities to look in so everything is very helpful. I greatly appreciate it.

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    Quote from TheCommuter
    Arlington, Irving, Plano, and Denton are Dallas/Fort Worth area suburbs. Therefore, the people who live in these cities are going to encounter the same issues with the local employment market as those who actually live in Dallas or Fort Worth.
    This exactly! If you live close enough to commute to a "big city," you are not in a small city and will still have difficulty finding a job at local hospitals. As far as the cities listed above, those are all still considered the DFW metroplex and new grads here can't find jobs either. With the few and far between internships here, local hospitals look for new grads coming from well known schools in this area and ones that have worked as techs in local hospitals while in school. My hospital just hired the first new grad in a few years and she has been a new grad for over a year. She has been working as a tech since she graduated because she couldn't get an internship. Small towns would be ones where there is only one local hospital for several rural towns in the area. These are the ones hiring.
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    Eagle Pass, Texas is hiring! Like seriously! (I go to nursing school in Laredo, TX and the recruiters came and talked to our class) I don't think many people want to move there though because its such a small town and boring. Its 2 hours away from San Antonio. $25,000 sign on bonus (its also a lot of Spanish spoken there). The hospital there is called Fort Duncan (and you have a greater chance at working where you want, specialty wise). If push comes to shove, I will work there myself. Another hospital that's hiring is in a small town called Del Rio. The hospital name is Val Verde. One classmates got hired before graduation.
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    I am concerned that the $25,000 sign on bonus sounds like a "to good to be true" scam. Does anyone have knowledge of this hospital and the working conditions?

    Thank you for the head up! I'll look into both of these hospitals. Good luck in your search also.
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    Just out of curiousity, what type of work does your husband do? Are you taking this into consideration also? The non-healthcare job market is pretty limited in some of the smaller cities and certainly in the rural areas. I certainly don't blame you for escaping the frozen north. It seems that everyone is heading to TX right along with you... after all, we did have the largest population increase on the 2010 census.

    You have a great background & I'm sure that you'll be a terrific nurse. Best of Luck to you. Keep us posted on your progress.
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    Thank you for the compliment. I hope that I will be a good nurse too!

    My husband has worked in landscaping/hardscaping for the last 5 years. However, with our move he's looking to possibly get into a new, slightly different career as the hard labor is hard on him physically. We've tossed around the idea of him going back to school also.

    The midwest is definitely no fun weather or economically speaking right now. It's supposed to be spring and we're still getting snow, sleet, rain, thunderstorms, etc. I think mother nature has it in for us for some reason. lol. My husband and I are definitely looking forward to a warmer client, yet we realize the extreme heat of TX will probably take some getting used to also.

    Thanks for your positive post!

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