NICU RN to move to houston/woodlands area

  1. Hey yall! well i am originally from texas and have made my way out here to sunny san diego, california! I love it here but my rent is rediculous and i am getting older and want to buy a house. I think i would like to end up in the woodlands area. so my fiance and i have decided to move around june of 2008. I am wondering how the hospitals are there and what the pay would be. I have 4 years of Neonatal ICU experience. I was an LVN for 1 1/2 yrs before that and worked adults. Is is better to work in the med center? vs the woodlands area? pay? is there a type of transportation i could get on to ride to the med center so i wouldnt have to deal w traffic or parking??? any info is appreciated thanks!!!
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   TexasPediRN
    I think that if you want to live in the Woodlands, then find a hospital there too. Dont commute to the med center. Memorial Hermann has a hospital in the Woodlands, and they are a wonderful system to work for. (IMO)

    I live 15 minutes away from my job. Other people I work with live 45min-1hour away from it. I dont understand how you can do that for a 12 hour shift, and then come back to work in the morning. But, it can be done.

    However, since you do NICU - it seems that all sick babies end up in the med center. Something to think about.

    I think that there are carpools/vanpools that you can sign up for. Most hospitals have information on them.

    Welcome back ( a little early!) to Texas
  4. by   krbRN52
    thanks! well i think that mem hermann has a nicu in the woodlands also! i think i might do a travel nursing position for awhile just to get me started and i could use the extra money. but that would only be temporary. i am pretty sure we have settled on the woodlands though. will the pay be less there or about the same???

    i heard there is a lot to do there. we live in san diego now and its absolutely a blast! so much going on and always good weather! i know it will be very different but its time for a cheaper price of living!
  5. by   NeoNurseTX
    Quote from krbRN52
    thanks! well i think that mem hermann has a nicu in the woodlands also! i think i might do a travel nursing position for awhile just to get me started and i could use the extra money. but that would only be temporary. i am pretty sure we have settled on the woodlands though. will the pay be less there or about the same???

    i heard there is a lot to do there. we live in san diego now and its absolutely a blast! so much going on and always good weather! i know it will be very different but its time for a cheaper price of living!

    i'm from houston about to move to SD. i graduated w/ my bsn in may 07. i'm looking for a NICU job in san diego. UCSD is done w/ their intake process and sharp mary birch is full. i applied to scripps, balboa, and rady already. am i missing anyone?
  6. by   bubbly
    Most hospitals in the Texas Medical Center pay a little more because of the higher cost of living near there and the horrible traffic. The more sick and premature babies get transferred to the TMC NICUs. The Woodlands is a nicer place to buy a house IMHO because it's a nice suburb and has less crime than around TMC.
  7. by   krbRN52
    what is IMHO???
  8. by   NeoNurseTX
    Quote from krbRN52
    what is IMHO???
    in my humble opinion
  9. by   MsMorningGlory
    HELLO! I also live in Sunny San Diego, & I agree with you regarding the High Cost of Living! I too, am considering leaving California for a place with lower cost of living, as well as affordable housing. I have thought about Houston, Texas or maybe Orlando or Jacksonville, Florida. I have heard that housing in Houston costs about 65% less than here in San Diego. The only thing that San Diego has going for it at the moment is the good weather. I feel that the rents here are getting "Way Out of Hand"! What are The Pros/Cons of Texas compared to California? What is the weather like? What are the best /worst areas of Houston to live? I would Love to hear it all straight from the HORSES MOUTH. How long have you lived here in san Diego? I have been here for 16 years, & it is starting to get old. Would love to hear from you. Thanks In advance!

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