First travel assignment - Texas

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Hi All,

I am about to take on my first travel assignment in February. I'm choosing Texas as a destination. I was thinking San Antonio, but know nothing about Texas. Could anyone advise me on neighborhoods in San Antonio or other towns in Texas. I'm pretty nervous about my first assignment - any help would be appreciated.

packtraveler06

28 Posts

Specializes in ICU/CCU/TICU/NICU/PICU. Has 5 years experience.

I am currently working in San Antonio on a travel assignment. Try to get a contract at Methodist or Baptist, the other hospital system in town tends to abuse the travel nurses. The north side of town is nice, but traffic is terrible so make sure your housing is close to the hospital. Good luck!

Brownms46

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Specializes in Everything except surgery. Has 27 years experience.

I lived in San Antonio a long time ago, and I did a travel contract a few years ago at Fort Sam as a ICU/ER float. Great contract, but I was on the NW side of San Antonio in housing, and the commute to the NE was awful!

I totally agree with being very close to where you are going to be working. I have worked contracts in Corpus Christi, Dallas, and Harlingen Texas. The only hospital I would go back to in Harlingen is no longer open. Wouldn't go back to Corpus and in Dallas the only hospital I have been to, that I would go back to is in Grapevine, TX, but I have heard that North Richland Hills has a good hospital. Again make sure you are placed in housing close to where you will be working.

Good Luck!

cryptic12

31 Posts

Specializes in Oncology, Geriatrics, IV nurse, Dialysis.
I am currently working in San Antonio on a travel assignment. Try to get a contract at Methodist or Baptist, the other hospital system in town tends to abuse the travel nurses. The north side of town is nice, but traffic is terrible so make sure your housing is close to the hospital. Good luck!

Thanks for the info. Are you enjoying SA? Would you go back?

packtraveler06

28 Posts

Specializes in ICU/CCU/TICU/NICU/PICU. Has 5 years experience.

I was VERY happy to leave SA. I thought the city was dirty and unorganized. I have spoken to travel nurses who loved it.... Guess it just depends on what you are looking for.....

RNontheroad

85 Posts

Specializes in critical Care/ICU-traveler.

I enjoy San Antonio, but above poster is right. It has parts that arent so nice. I recommend staying on the Fiesta side of the city (NW) or in the area known as Medical Center. (Most of the housing provided thru the agency is in Medical Center).

Brush up on your Spanish. I read a statistic that 67% of the city is Spanish speaking. Makes it a bit tough if you dont know the language.

The food is fantastic. Lots of really great places to eat. I think I gained 20 lbs during my 3 months here. I now have an insatiable craving for black beans and breakfast tacos!

If you are coming in February, you will be in time for the rodeo, which is apparently a HUGE deal here.

Hope you like it. I would probably not take another assignment here, because 3 months is enough time to see everything. Time to move on.

may2kd

42 Posts

Specializes in SICU. Has 3 years experience.

I just finished a contract at methodist main in the SICU in San Antonio. It was ok. The people were awesome, but the docs kinda sucked...very fastidious. My best night there I was floated to another hospital to the ED to take care of ICU patients. If you do work for the methodist system, be aware you can float to ANY of the methodist hospitals in SA. I was told to try Austin...more things to do, more of a city.

candymc

3 Posts

I worked travel assignment in the Santa Rosa system and liked it but there is a lot of floating but most of the nurses are helpful. but did float between hospitals and only a hour of notice would call at 5:30 when shift started at 6:30. Wouldnt take my travel trailer there because the parks were bad. Lots of good food not really very cold. 30s coolest and you will be gone before the hot weather

Worked in the Seton network in Austin more to do there a cleaner city but more homeless in the population. I stayed in the eastern part of town in a very quiet travel trailer park. It was nice drive about 11 miles and worked nights so against traffic would have been different if had to go with traffic. Lots of good food there also. weather not too different cool in winter but HOT in summer.

Worked in Dallas in the Baylor system and Methodist system and enjoyed both but have to be aware of neighborhoods.

But your recruiter should be aware of the neighborhoods and not put you in the bad areas have never been put in a bad place. GOOD LUCK

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