North Texas = Few Jobs? - page 5

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   JaxiaKiley
    I've noticed in any field, when the company gets shorthanded, it is hard to keep people. So it turns into this vicious cycle because they cannot get a new hire to stay long enough for them to hire the next person and build the team...

    I'm sorry you aren't being treated well though.
  2. by   gauge14iv
    There are THOUSANDS of jobs for nurses in the DFW area - they just don't care to advertise them in the paper. have you CHECKED the price of advertising lately?

    Ahem - you all are obviously web savvy - check the WEB sites of the facilities you are interested in where facilities can list their jobs for FREE!

    I get daily emails listing hundreds of new job postings daily!

    Now - thats RN - not LVN, but I do see LVN postings too.

    And summer is always lower census in Texas. <shrug> Just the way it is.
  3. by   lands1980
    Kindred and Hugley would not be my choices. Got to look at the big picture.
    Look at everybody.
  4. by   Humbled_Nurse
    So what are the issues with HCA facilities? I currently work for one and I love it there. As someone mentioned before the working conditions will vary from unit to unit. I know that HCA has had a lot of issues in the past, but it seems that they have attempted to correct those and win back their reputation. I am aware that they are a for profit hospital and there are a lot of people that refuse to work for a for profit hospital. I tend to be one of those naive nurses in that I just show up for work and do my job to the best of my ability and don't really know what goes on in upper management/adminstration. I feel that my working conditions are very good and I feel very supported by my manager and co-workers. I feel we are very patient focused at least in my unit. It bothers me when someone has a bad experience at one HCA facility and assumes all HCA facilities are bad. In reality all hospitals have there problems and shortcomings. I do personally know of some traveler/agency nurses that have been at certain HCA facilities and they did have an awful experience and intend to never go back, but please don't assume that all HCA facilities are the same.

    I'm just curious what people have seen, heard, or experienced with HCA facilities that makes them so bad to work for.
  5. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    I am glad to know this. (Hopefully, you're not management trying to change views.) LOL


    Really, myself going to school with an HCA scholarship, I'm glad to know there are some out there that actually enjoy working for them.



    Quote from Humbled_Nurse
    So what are the issues with HCA facilities? I currently work for one and I love it there. As someone mentioned before the working conditions will vary from unit to unit. I know that HCA has had a lot of issues in the past, but it seems that they have attempted to correct those and win back their reputation. I am aware that they are a for profit hospital and there are a lot of people that refuse to work for a for profit hospital. I tend to be one of those naive nurses in that I just show up for work and do my job to the best of my ability and don't really know what goes on in upper management/adminstration. I feel that my working conditions are very good and I feel very supported by my manager and co-workers. I feel we are very patient focused at least in my unit. It bothers me when someone has a bad experience at one HCA facility and assumes all HCA facilities are bad. In reality all hospitals have there problems and shortcomings. I do personally know of some traveler/agency nurses that have been at certain HCA facilities and they did have an awful experience and intend to never go back, but please don't assume that all HCA facilities are the same.

    I'm just curious what people have seen, heard, or experienced with HCA facilities that makes them so bad to work for.
  6. by   gauge14iv
    I have worked in 2 HCA facilities - I will say this - they pretty much mirror every other place out there, EXCEPT there are places with MUCH better benefits.

    The conditions on any given unit in any facility are very dependant on individual managers, facilities and even shifts. That goes for just about everywhere you go.
  7. by   lands1980
    I have worked staff and agency for HCA. I will never work again,be a patient and hopefully have friends or family as patients. I have a more than 20 years experience at multiple HCA hospitals and NEVER AGAIN.
    Glad it works for you. I have privately requested that you not contact me off this this forum privately and again request that you address me in a public manner.
  8. by   gauge14iv
    Quote from lands1980
    I have worked staff and agency for HCA. I will never work again,be a patient and hopefully have friends or family as patients. I have a more than 20 years experience at multiple HCA hospitals and NEVER AGAIN.
    Glad it works for you. I have privately requested that you not contact me off this this forum privately and again request that you address me in a public manner.
    If it is me you are referring to - it was I who made that request to you - and I can post it here to prove it if you like.

    I am not sure what the issue you have is, You contacted me via email - your first day on this forum I might add - highly unusual. I provided you with whatever helpful information I had on the matter which you asked me about, and that should have been the end of it. Please cease and desist. Thank you.

    If it is not me you are referring to, then I apologize, but in the future, could you please make it clear who you are addressing in your posts if they are directed at one person in particular?
  9. by   JaxiaKiley
    I'm worried about signing a contract to pay for school just because I've never worked anywhere more than 2 years. So, if I work there while I am in school, and then sign a 2-3 year contract to get school paid for...

    lol, I am a good Gemini and I am just not used to staying in the same place that long
  10. by   gauge14iv
    The great thing about a big "chain" with lots of facilities and lots of departments is there is plenty of room to move around within the system and not lose bennies or break contracts
  11. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from JaxiaKiley
    I'm worried about signing a contract to pay for school just because I've never worked anywhere more than 2 years. So, if I work there while I am in school, and then sign a 2-3 year contract to get school paid for...

    lol, I am a good Gemini and I am just not used to staying in the same place that long
    Jaxia,

    I feel ya! I'm an Aquarius and I've never worked anywhere longer than 2.5 years. I didnt' really like the job, but the money was SOOOO good and the beneifts were so good they brought tears to my eyes!

    One thing, find out if your commitment contract has an 'out 'clause. If you leave before the end, some hospitals will allow you to pay back the money on a 'pro-rated' basis.

    I have no problem setting aside an amount to cover that just in case......
  12. by   lands1980
    To make it absolutely clear and you were first about private posts. You do not want to be contacted privately. I do not want to be contacted privately. This post is to GAUGE14IV from LANDS1980. Best wishes.
  13. by   lands1980
    I agree that if you work short term and this works for you about long term committments. You can pay and get local area nursing education without years of service or payback conditions. Beware contracts with paybacks. Look at everyone's package. Parkland has some of the best nursing education I have ever experienced in my 22 years. I will be at a Emergency CME education this week at Southwestern. I catch as much Parkland education classes as possible. Barbara Minms Clark,director of the Critical Care Education has her own company in addition to her duties at Parkland. Great and frequent AHA and NRP classes. Please contact privately if you want more info.
    I do not do Evil Empires like HCA and Tenet that promote poor staffing and wage fixing. That opinion is from 22 years of direct bedside experience and reading the papers. Read the public records of the lawsuits filed and the settlements by HCA and Tenet. I have many published books that support my statements.
    You are right to take care of yourself.

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