I'm still in nursing school, so I don't have first-hand information on nursing jobs
. However, our instructors have told us that graduate nursing positions are very difficult to find in Austin right now. The last two semesters, about 350 nurses graduated and the two major hospitals (Seton and St. Davids) hired 60, and of those, many were already employees of the hospitals. Instructors are urging us to try to get jobs in the hospitals to increase our chances of getting a job when we graduate.
I've talked to a few nurses at the hospitals where I've done clinical. Seton had a hiring freeze a few months ago. Some of my friends say their units are not hiring and are not replacing the nurses they are firing. I'm not sure if this is true for every Seton facility.
Also, a nurse manager at St. David's told me that graduate nurses are being paid $18/hour for day shift. This surprised me because I have GN friends who've been hired throughout the years, and the pay has been about $20-$21/hour for days for years.
I hear the pay is muuuuchh better in Dallas and Houston. In fact, I know folks who travel there to work instead of working in Austin.