To Houston RNs!
I hope you all can help me....I really want to move to Houston but have some practical & financial issues to consider. One, I am the sole wage-earner for my family. Two, my student loan debt is high. Three, I would like someday to buy a house....and Four, I'm not getting any younger!
It is also my intention to get a MS degree in Nursing. (I would like to wait until I have some of my debt paid down before I start.)
I have started contacting some recruiters and filling out some applications. People always ask for minimum salary requirements before they give you an offer, it seems like. Does anyone know what the general pay range might be for me? I have 2.5 years of experience in a very busy, very high acuity PACU in "one of the Top 4 hospitals in the U.S" according to US News. I volunteered to cross-train to our PreOp units as well as the Induction/Block rooms and float to those areas as needed. I have also recently oriented to and occasionally am assigned as Charge. Additionally, I work PRN (PACU) at another fine university hospital nearby. I feel that I must know what the Houston market is like for someone in this range before I can give a fair answer to the salary requirement question. I feel that I can bring a lot of value to the workplace and would like to earn a fair wage but don't want to remove myself from consideration if my "requirement" is not within market range. It is also important to me to work for an organization that has an excellent reputation and has opportunities for career growth. Generally speaking, not just pay scale, but what's the market like out there for someone like me?
My next issue is where to live? Where can we find a reasonable home at a reasonable price in a decent neighborhood with decent schools that is not located in a flood zone and that doesn't have one of those utility situations....I've heard that you have to watch out that you don't get caught in an area that has some kind of problem where your utility costs are outrageous and there's nothing you can do about it (I'm not really sure what this is all about.)
I thank you in advance for any information you all can provide regarding these topics. I look forward to hearing back!