Hi all. I'm an alternate-entry MSN student at UT-Austin in the FPMHNP track, about to start last semester before NCLEX in August. I'm in kind of a complicated predicament, so I was wondering if anyone had any advice about a couple of the ten million issues I'm having.
We were told recently that we will basically be unable to work for the two main hospital systems in Austin because they have mandatory residency/orientation programs that conflict with our Alternate Entry courses at UT. We were told that UTSON has tried to discuss alternatives with St. David's/Seton, and no dice. It really sucks. I really need to work full time, so I'm kind of stuck with the flexibility of floor nursing. I'm hoping to work weekend nights in ICU, ER, or oncology... Peds or adult is not an issue with me.
So I'm starting to cast my net in San Antonio, a city I know next to nothing about other than the fact that it's the Mexican version of my hometown, New Orleans, lol. I'm thinking of moving there and commuting to Austin for class twice a week. The healthcare scene seems to be much larger in SA than it is in Austin, so I'm hoping that I'll have fewer issues there. Am I right about this? Does anybody know about new grad wages in SA compared to Austin? I've heard Austin, at least, is pretty dismal when it comes to RN pay compared to Houston... and cost of living is high.
There's another issue that I'm contending with. I'm paying out-of-state tuition at UT (~$32,000 for this first year, compared to ~$15,000 for most of my in-state classmates). My parents and I are discussing using the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition to make a down payment on a home for me, which will allow me to get in-state rate instead of just throwing many of thousands of dollars down the UT drain.
There's a much wider selection of nice, older homes in central SA at much lower prices than central Austin. Also, with the $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers, buying is pretty attractive. Again, however, I don't really know what wages/job market is like in SA vs. Austin, so it's hard to make a fully informed decision as to what kind of mortgage payments I'd be able to afford.
What I'm wondering is, given all this, what would y'all do in my situation? Any hospitals that I should look into or avoid? I'm having trouble wrapping my head around everything. :uhoh21:
Thanks for reading and have a great day!
Jul 14, '09
If you want a night lift, live in austin or san marcos. San Antonio is more of a "family town" not to mention, if you live on the wrong side of town, it is NOT safe. Sorry i don't know specifically what parts of town are the "bad parts." Look for my pm.
edited to add...
i don't really know anyone that works at baptist north central, but with my EMS company, we deliver patients to their ED EVERY DAY! The nurses are all very nice and I haven't met any horrible doctors there yet. They ED is very clean, modern and has all of the most modern equipment that i've experienced at any other hospital.
Looks like a great building.
Last edit by 8jimi8ICURN on Jul 14, '09
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