Moving to Rio Grande Valley- Advice Please!

  1. Hello everyone,

    I will be graduating with my BSN in Chicago next month so I am planning to have my license by lets just say April 1st (im giving about 5-6 weeks to get the NCLEX done). I plan to move down to Texas as soon as I get my license here and just start the reciprocity process down there. I have lived in the valley before and have a lot of family down there so that part I am not worried about.

    So what I am wondering is it really possible to get a hospital job down there as a new grad? I don't really mind what floor or shift. We are moving since my husband has a job down there. Could you tell me what is the starting range for a new grad down there? I have an offer here in a long term care and its $25/hr and don't feel comfortable going under that, but I due know Texas rates might be lower. Any advice on what hospitals to apply too? I looked on several hospital websites and there was ALOT of RN positions.

    Thanks in Advance!
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  3. by   HouTx
    I haven't heard of any problems with new grads getting jobs in the RGV. Hospitals in that area are always recruiting to fill RN positions.
  4. by   Nalon1 RN/EMT-P
    Not positive but a friend said the RGV starting pay is around $21-23/hr for new grads, but you have to remember the cost of living is less there than in Chicago, so while you may make less, you will get more with it.
  5. by   LizSaRN
    That's true I and I have kept that in mind. I would love to hear from people that actually live in the Valley. Everyone is always so fast to say McAllen is always hiring, but I feel that's like all of my non nursing friends who still think there is a nursing shortage!