new immigrant to corpus christi, need info

  1. Hi! we will be moving to corpus christi at the end of this month, I will be working on hemodialysis center. Need info on living condition, starting salary for dialysis nurses, and lastly where can can i find best day care service for my 17 month old baby. Thanks...God bless!
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  3. by   kristyTX
    I cant give you much help on the daycare question since I dont have any, but the living conditions are something to be debated. It was a big change for me when I moved there. The county did have the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the nation so that should say something. I love the fact that they are one of more family centered towns I have lived in and since I am a navy brat there have been a few. Just seen me a PM with any question reguarding loctions for living etc.
  4. by   beachcomberrn
    Quote from jyer2124
    Hi! we will be moving to corpus christi at the end of this month, I will be working on hemodialysis center. Need info on living condition, starting salary for dialysis nurses, and lastly where can can i find best day care service for my 17 month old baby. Thanks...God bless!
    Worked ICU in Corpus Christi for over 2 years (contract) LOVED IT! Want badly to go back....hoping to find something...The dialysis nurses I knew were great. (Watch out for one or two of the Renal guys, STAND your ground and dont FLINCH! Remeber you are much better person...Several of the REnal docs are GREAT!) The dialysis nurses work some long hard hours though....(in the hospital)
    The Christus system has a daycare that is 24 hours, i dont know their policy on "employee" or what, being with the dialysis center may work, but all the nurses I knew who took their babies there loved it!!! There is a "chain" daycare right off SPID (my mind just went blank) that my grandson went to til he was old enough to attend a church daycare...he was very happy there...I will find the name & street. There are several good apartment complexes in town, and a lot of people live out toward the island or Flour Bluff...We lived at BayPoint and really liked it, but it was costly. There are more reasonable ones in town....just check your traffic....Everhart area can be a nightmare for traffic....as can Airline and around the malls. Depends on your shift....
    Good luck....hope it is a good experience for you!
  5. by   jyer2124
    Thank you for the information, we will be moving to Corpus Christi on May6
  6. by   beachcomberrn
    Quote from jyer2124
    Thank you for the information, we will be moving to Corpus Christi on May6
    Where will you be working?
  7. by   Poppy_Petal
    I am getting all my non-nursing classes done and hope to start nursing courses fall '05. I am seriously considering the eLine program through Delmar/A&M but have heard some bad things about the medical system in Corpus. Not enough specialists, subpar care (do to economics not bad nurses)-basically not having the level of medical care available in San Antonio and Houston.

    I can take the eLine classes anywhere in Texas and they will help to arrange a preceptor and clinicals at a local hospital. Any advice for me? I am a single mother with two children and need to live cheaply while in college. I can do that in Corpus but should I just go to San Antonio or somewhere the pay is higher to start out? Questions...questions...questions.

    Any words of wisdom appreciated.
  8. by   beachcomberrn
    Quote from Poppy_Petal
    I am getting all my non-nursing classes done and hope to start nursing courses fall '05. I am seriously considering the eLine program through Delmar/A&M but have heard some bad things about the medical system in Corpus. Not enough specialists, subpar care (do to economics not bad nurses)-basically not having the level of medical care available in San Antonio and Houston.

    I can take the eLine classes anywhere in Texas and they will help to arrange a preceptor and clinicals at a local hospital. Any advice for me? I am a single mother with two children and need to live cheaply while in college. I can do that in Corpus but should I just go to San Antonio or somewhere the pay is higher to start out? Questions...questions...questions.

    Any words of wisdom appreciated.
    Two things....DONT think that pay is higher in San Antonio...With 20 years plus experience I took a $4.00/hr pay CUT to go to work there(from Corpus) I dont know how it is for students or new grads, but i doubt better....and I would not recommend San Antonio...I have done two different assignments there and hope to never go back....Corpus has some excellent doctors!!! and some tremendous healthcare professionals.. i have not been in the hospital systems for 2 years and hear they are struggling with issues, but so is every other system....healthcare management just "doesnt get it yet" and til they do that wont change...look for the best place to get as much CLINICAL time as you can and any "extra" time you can get as as a tech will help...i know that will be difficult with 2 small children....but in Corpus if you are working for one of the systems you can use their childcare and it is 24 hrs (or was) I worked with several people who graduated and taught at the schools there....they were excellent...no matter where you go there is good and bad...Victoria has an EXCELLENT 2 year program in the past....and they work with Corpus Texas A&M for a BSN if that is what you want, enabling you to get your license and work as an RN then continue on towards your BSN if that is what you want...

    Of course there are medical services available in Houston and San Antonio not available in Corpus, but that will not necessarily affect your basic training I would think....I doubt you will get much exposure to much "advanced" care in your nursing training....I am in the critical care field and have done very sophisticated work in small places....big is not always better....it depends on what you think you are interested in and how far you want to pursue that ....there are alot of nursing programs struggling right now with the resources they have available to them....find one that give you a good sound basis, good clinical time and since you are a single mother, an area that can be workable for you and your kids .
    Good Luck!!
  9. by   kristyTX
    Well the pay in CC can be better if your doing travel nursing. I have a dozen colleges up here in Austin and I think both A&M and Del Mar have some better programs than some up here. I worked for the nursing department at Del Mar years ago and heard students come back and say they learned much more at Del Mar than the four year college.
  10. by   beachcomberrn
    Quote from kristyTX
    Well the pay in CC can be better if your doing travel nursing. I have a dozen colleges up here in Austin and I think both A&M and Del Mar have some better programs than some up here. I worked for the nursing department at Del Mar years ago and heard students come back and say they learned much more at Del Mar than the four year college.
    Yes I am sure the pay for travelers is better...it ususally is better for agency or travelers....but DEFINITELY I think Del Mar and A&M both have a good nursing program in Corpus....and I dont care what any one says, I have seen too much...four year programs DO NOT get enough clinical time...they get way too much theory and not enough skills and practical application....I have trained and seen way too many nurses come out of 4 year programs that have to go through extensive orientations and skillls training and that is such a waste of their talents, time and money ...that's why I think going through a 2 year program, working and then getting your BSN gives you a much better tool and prespective!
  11. by   Poppy_Petal
    You have calmed my fears, that helps since it would be easier for me to go to school in Corpus than San Antonio. I have family in both the Corpus area and Houston and I really like the San Antonio area but don't have anyone to help me there.

    I do plan to go through Delmar (go for my BSN after) probably on the eLine program and Corpus is cheap to live in and easy to get around (compared with any of the other choices).

    I am excited, I look forward to a career that interests me and pays well enough to support my children.

    Thank you ~ Ananda

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