North Texas = Few Jobs? - page 4

I am moving to the Dallas/Fort Worth area next week and wanted to ask a question. Someone had indicated that North Texas has very few nursing opportunities. I just wanted to know if there was any... Read More

  1. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    http://www.hcahealthcare.com/


    You can never tell what goes on behind the scenes, until you're part of it, but I haven't seen anything wrong with the HCA hospitals up here. I'll soon find out.

    Hopefully, it's not so bad up in D/FW.

    Also, everyone has their opinion, and until I form my own, everything heard/read is only part of the the rumor mill.
  2. by   IWant2Believe
    Quote from Fun2Care
    http://www.hcahealthcare.com/


    You can never tell what goes on behind the scenes, until you're part of it, but I haven't seen anything wrong with the HCA hospitals up here. I'll soon find out.

    Hopefully, it's not so bad up in D/FW.

    Also, everyone has their opinion, and until I form my own, everything heard/read is only part of the the rumor mill.
    What was said about HCA is true, and my experiences are with the D/FW HCAs, so dont be surprised. You have been warned.
  3. by   sjt9721
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    You mean all I have to do is get the Sunday paper and I will get a job? Even though the nurses far outnumber the jobs, and the hospitals have hiring freezes, and will not even accept applications from nurses?

    Why didn't I think of that?

    You must be a genius.
    Smarty-pants!
  4. by   gauge14iv
    I have to echo the anti-HCA sentiment to some degree. They had great people working there, but they ain't they best payin or best benefits places to work in the DFW area by a long shot...It's ALL about the almighty buck with HCA. Of course that depends on the facility and unit too. I have worked at several HCA's . There were things I was impressed with and things I was definately not impressed with. Working agency, I found they were incredibly short staffed much of the time.

    Funnie - I know you have that scholarship - but...other places have scholarships too.
  5. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    99% of the places that hire people (medical or not) are out for the almighty buck. You either kiss butt, deal with the crap, or you move on.

    If I don't like it, I will have to option to make payments to them, and then move on.

    A job is not Heaven.


    Quote from gauge14iv
    I have to echo the anti-HCA sentiment to some degree. They had great people working there, but they ain't they best payin or best benefits places to work in the DFW area by a long shot...It's ALL about the almighty buck with HCA. Of course that depends on the facility and unit too. I have worked at several HCA's . There were things I was impressed with and things I was definately not impressed with. Working agency, I found they were incredibly short staffed much of the time.

    Funnie - I know you have that scholarship - but...other places have scholarships too.
  6. by   gauge14iv
    Well thats good. I know the other places operate much the same way - in exchange for scholarships or internships or what have you, you agree to either work for them or pay back the money/training they gave/loaned you.

    Like I said it is very facility and unit dependant, so if things are rotten in one unit, they may be better in another and thats true anywhere.
  7. by   veegeern
    Quote from hellllllo nurse
    working at an hca in texas has been the worst experience of my career.

    hca facilities are notorious for poor care and being nurse-hostile.

    the hca company is owned by the family of senate majority leader, bill frist, md. he has stated that he plans to run for president in 2008 (r).

    i'm afraid of what will become of our already screwed up health "care" system and terrible working conditions for nurses if he becomes president. i think things will get much worse for nurses.
    i won't comment on the quality of employment at an hca facility. however, i couldn't resist pointing out that hca is a publicly held company. frist sits on the board and is the 4th largest share holder. the company is not "owned" solely by the frist family as stated above.
  8. by   Finallyat40
    Parkland in Dallas has over 330 openings for nursing staff...so not everyone has a hiring freeze!

    Jamie
  9. by   RN34TX
    Quote from Finallyat40
    Parkland in Dallas has over 330 openings for nursing staff...so not everyone has a hiring freeze!

    Jamie
    There was just a big article in the Dallas Morning News on Parkland's shortage.
    It also quoted Parkland's starting wages, which is currently at $19.44/hour for a new grad, no experience.
    That's not a great wage for Dallas cost of living.

    In addition, they lose even more people like me because I applied there when I was a new RN but had years of LVN experience. They didn't care and were only going to pay me the bottom starting wage for a new grad RN.
    I was already getting $22/hour as an LVN at a hospital up the street from Parkland. And back then the starting wage for a new RN at Parkland was like $17/hour so that was even worse.
    Parkland just thinks it's too big for it's britches because of it's name alone.
    No thanks, I'll go work where I'm getting paid what my experience is actually worth.
    I told them, "I may be a new RN, but I'm not a new nurse. There's a big difference."
    Last edit by RN34TX on Dec 30, '05
  10. by   Finallyat40
    however, when I was looking (graduated 12/04), their wage was extremely competitive (within 30 cents/hour) with the majority of other hospitals in the area that offered a NICU residency/internship program...in fact, Presbyterian, which is one of the larger, more $$ oriented systems in the area only offered $18.50/hour!

    Another thing to consider is that Parkland is the county hospital here, and the county struggles every year to make the budget work....thankfully, we are also tied to the medical school, so that helps some. When I was looking for my first job straight out of school, it was more important to me to have a really strong training program to prepare me for the area I chose to work in than worry about .30 an hour....just my opinion.
    Jamie
  11. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    If you can work at Parkland, you can work anywhere....so I've heard.


    $19 seems pretty constant for new RN's, from what I've heard as well.

    I do think it's cruddy that you weren't offered more b/c you were an LVN before, but I guess they see it as a new RN is a new RN.
  12. by   gauge14iv
    well - I think you also have to differentiate betweeen "North Texas" which is the area that encompasses Dallas and Fort Worth , and "Far Northwest Texas" which is WAY DIFFERENT! That area is actually known as the panhandle to Texans, while North Texas is the Dallas Fort Worth area.
  13. by   southern_rn99
    I work at Lewisville Medical Center and they are literally running their nurses away. Their census is low and I, as a travel nurse, am getting thrown around all over with a crappy pay. I am going home after this contract. Back to the Carolinas where I know I will get better respect and better pay.

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