Quote from Rean87
I am writing this thread to ask for some advice. I am currently a new grad nurse with an Associate's degree and was recently hired on a Med-Surg/ Teley unit here in Illinois; however, I'm planning to move to TX sometime next year. I'm not exactly sure when I will be moving but I'm planning to stay here in Illinois for at least 6 months so that I can gain some experience before I leave. If any of you could explain how the whole endorsement (license transfer) process works or how the TX job market is I would greatly appreciate it. I'm also wondering if you all think moving with only 8 months - 1 year experience would be wise or should I just wait until after I have a full year's experience. Thanks in advance for all your help.
I graduated in IL in 1985, and moved to TX (Austin) at 6 months after getting my paper license. Check to see if they have temporary state licenses (good until the paperwork goes through)...but if possible, get the TX license in hand before you move. Check with the BON there, and get the forms. It's more of a hassle than it is difficult.
Having the initial experience will help since you won't be needing an internship/preceptorship/etc. You'll still get a decent orientation, but won't have the added expense of getting those initial months of clinical skills in
As far as the market goes, it all depends on locations. I haven't been in Austin for 16 years (to live, and left TX 9 years ago
- BIG mistake- should have stayed), but the market then was pretty good. There are several large hospitals, a large children's hospital, a ton of LTCs, LTACs, and a myriad of other options in a city of over 1.5 million in the metro areas (may be more now).
The Hill Country is beautiful, and comprised of many smaller towns; Fredricksburg has a fairly new hospital, and Kerrville also has a new hospital (they're about 20 miles from each other on an easy-to-drive road, so even if you live in one place, the other isn't out of reach for commuting; one thing about TX, you will drive- but roads are good; and apartments are plentiful (or were)...the cost of living was much better than N IL..and no comparison to the suburbs or Chicago)
I worked at the old hospital in Kerrville, and loved it. There are also several LTCs (it's a retirement community), a forensic state hospital, and a VA Medical Center. Both are within a couple of hours of San Antonio, and Austin. Day trips are very doable.
San Antonio is big (not my favorite place - but mostly because I'm not that familiar with it- had to go to the Childrens' Hospital for ER shadowing and IVs on kids)...great for day trips, and a lot of people love living and working there. The University Hospital (U Texas Health Science Center) is there- and a lot of other hospitals, LTCs, state hospital, etc. BAMC- Brooks Army Medical Center is there as well- and has a good reputation from what I last heard.
I loved Texas (only came back d/t family issues). The people and the state pride are great. It's one of those places that people either love or really can't stand. One thing about Austin, is there is something for everyone. It's a "young" college town, the Live Music Capital of the World, has SXSW music festival, and a LOT of activities (July 4th 1987- Beach Boys concert in the park for 3 bucks
....50,000 people showed up
A bunch of other bands were there, too
The hourly wages are likely to be less- but the cost of living is such that you still end up ahead. If you send to any of the bigger cities chamber of commerces, and ask for an apartment guide, they have a LOT of info - I only lived in places listed in those and was never disappointed.
I can go on and on about how much there is positive about TX....PM me if you want more info