- 0Feb 19 by BulldogsgtGood afternoon everyone:
I thank you all in advance for taking a precious asset your time to read this. I am currently studying to be a nurse(RN) in NYC, and hope to be finished in about 2 years. I am considering a move to Austin Texas after working and gaining experience (minimum 1 year) in a NYC trauma hospital. My questions if anyone can help me with any input its much appreciated. First question I am older(42 years old presently) and will have at most 2-3 years experience and be between 46-48 years old, will I be able to find work in or near the Austin, Texas area. Wife and I like the Austin area very much. Main purpose for choosing Texas is it is pension friendly. I will be retiring from law enforcement after 20 + years with a comfortable pension of about $8,000.00 per month. But want to fulfill a dream of being a nurse. Don't mind hard work but hear that nurses are paid horrible in Texas since non union and right to work state, is this true? I am looking for a part time position( max 36 hours per week) What advice can you offer on making the transition smoother?Would prefer clinics or doctors offices since after many years of working crazy hours, found something out my family means more than night differential. What hospitals or agencies to avoid?, etc Please feel free to comment and share your information. Again thank you ladies and gentleman. To the nurses you guys ROCK, always patching us cops up when we had a bad day(LOL), God bless.
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- 0Feb 20 by Pangea ReunitedI think you'll find work with a year of experience, but even working full time, you'd be unlikely to clear half of what your monthly pension is. The cost of living is low in Texas and pay rates reflect that fact.
I haven't worked in Austin, but I know that the traffic is bad. My advice would be to work very near to where you live if you don't like "camping" on the freeway. I assume that you're familiar with the general vibe of the city since you say you like it there.
- 0Feb 21 by HouTx GuideOK - if you are keen to move here, and live amongst us.... you need to refrain from bashing our state with phrases like "nurses are paid horrible in Texas since non union and right to work state" Although we generally have no problem dealing with all of the strange behavior of Yankee immigrants, it's difficult to ignore outright hypocrisy.... aren't you moving here to take advantage of our "pension friendly" economic climate? Salary levels are part of that infrastructure.
Texas is huge and very diverse - geographically, culturally, and economically. Salaries in Austin are lower than Houston or Dallas-Ft.Worth but higher than San Antonio and housing costs are higher. Austin is a magnet for Yankees & has waaaay to many politicians. As a Texan, I find that today's Austin is more reflective of the "aren't we wonderful" influx of hipsters & carpetbaggers than other Texas cities that are much more authentic.
- 0Feb 21 by BulldogsgtHou Tx If you feel that this Yankee immigrant is insulting your state by stating a fact that Texas is a right to work state with non union rights thats not the point.Or a carpet bagger attitude by stating facts about what I am coming into your state with. I am moving because of your pension friendly state(not the only one), but will not be treated like garbage or work for sub par wages, no matter where I go.I have been to other areas in Texas and personally don't like the other areas like Austin, but that's a choice this Yankee immigrant has, right my southerner.[COLOR=#000000]Thank you for a water downed defensive response, Respectfully a strange Yankee immigrant[/COLOR]
- 0Feb 21 by BulldogsgtPangea I have heard of the traffic being so bad and the infrastructure not being able to handle the influx of people coming to Austin.And I thank you for your response, wife and I are thinking about the downtown area since it is close to what we like. Before we buy we intend on renting preferably near our jobs to save the aggravation of traffic.