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Hello! I lived in Austin for 11 years then moved away. I just graduated and passes my RN boards in March here in Phoenix. AKA desert HELL :) I miss trees, humidity (yes, I really do), and the southern way of life. After living in Phoenix for three years I am tired of the big city life. So, I am hoping you can help give me some suggestions on where to go. I want to stay in the southern portion of Texas and I would love to live in a smaller town. Austin is still too big. I was thinking the hill country or perhaps a cute small town outside of houston. I have to keep in mind a nursing job of course and I am wondering if its difficult to live in a smaller town and get employed at a small hospital unlike the bigger cities where they are in need. The other issue is that I am single and as much as I fantasize about living a simple life in a small town in texas and okay- marrying a cowboy- :) Do you think I would be making a mistake to isolate myself at this stage. I do want a family one day but hasnt happened yet. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!!!

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I know what you are feeling. I lived in texas for 12 years and moved back to Minnesota this past November :nono: I am so homesick. We are going back in a few weeks. I miss everything about texas. (even the humidity) I lived in Conroe. It's about 40 miles north of houston (towards dallas) It's a fairly small town. Or if you want to be further out there is Montgomery. It's far enough out to be like country living - but close enough to town. Conroe and it's neighbor the woodlands have 3 great hospitals. You would only have like a 20 minute drive to work from Montgomery. (memorial hermann the woodlands, conroe regional, or St. Lukes women hospital) Good luck!

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Well, I live in a very, very, VERY small town west of San Antonio. But one place I would love to live is Kerrville. It's got a nice hospital-and it's right there in the hill country. It's absolutely beautiful up there! Good luck!

Jen

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mom4josh has 11 years experience and specializes in onc, M/S, hospice, nursing informatics.

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I live in Temple and work in Waco at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. I love my job, and would not want to work at Scott & White (in Temple), nor would I live in Waco. It's not a bad commute, especially if you work 3-12 hour shifts.

Temple is a medium sized town with many of the ammenities of a larger city without too much of the traffic and congestion (except for evening time near S&W). There are good schools for later when you decide to have children, Temple College, and nice neighborhoods. I just bought a brand new house last November, and there are lots of new houses still being built.

Feel free to PM me if you'd like more info or have questions.

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Thank you to all of you!! This gives me some ideas to start with. I am curious Jolly Jenny what the name of the very, very small town is??? I definitly want country living. Have heard of Conroe but not Montgomery so i'll check it out!!

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Hello! I lived in Austin for 11 years then moved away. I just graduated and passes my RN boards in March here in Phoenix. AKA desert HELL :) I miss trees, humidity (yes, I really do), and the southern way of life. After living in Phoenix for three years I am tired of the big city life. So, I am hoping you can help give me some suggestions on where to go. I want to stay in the southern portion of Texas and I would love to live in a smaller town. Austin is still too big. I was thinking the hill country or perhaps a cute small town outside of houston. I have to keep in mind a nursing job of course and I am wondering if its difficult to live in a smaller town and get employed at a small hospital unlike the bigger cities where they are in need. The other issue is that I am single and as much as I fantasize about living a simple life in a small town in texas and okay- marrying a cowboy- :) Do you think I would be making a mistake to isolate myself at this stage. I do want a family one day but hasnt happened yet. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!!!

I am sure everyone will laugh about this but when I had to leave Texas for a while I really missed HEB :lol2: there is nothing like HEB produce ;)

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vamedic4 has 23 years experience as a EMT-P and specializes in Peds Cardiology, Peds Neuro, PICU, IV Jedi.

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Sorry to hear that you all miss Texas!! I'm here working tonight in Dallas...come on back if the urge strikes you - there are many smaller communities here, all within 30-60 minutes of the big city but far enough out so as not to have to suffer through traffic! I got here by way of Virginia...and the only time I'll go back there is to visit the family or friends.

Have a good night you guys - I'll save a little of that Texas humidity for you ...here in North Texas it's more humid (and wetter) than it's been in MANY YEARS!! Seriously - it FEELS like Houston!!

vamedic4

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Fredericksburg in the Hill Country has a community hospital that is always looking for nurses...

http://www.hillcountrymemorial.com/

You know, I thought about moving there. We are currently in SA and I am starting the RN program at SAC this fall...I am originally from Germany and also speak the German language. That would be so cool :beer:

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Tapple,

And I just signed a teaching contract for next year .... wah!:(

So I guess I'm stuck, unless I want to be a sleaze and leave them w/o a math teacher.

Did you get your nursing degree out here? where?

I'm a CNA in TX, and I'll lose my certificate if I stay. (CNA's are required to work a minimum of one day per year to keep their certificate)

I feel so stuck!

Believe it or not, I used to live in Kerrville in the 1980's. Very humid. Prices always seemed too high for the local salaries. Pretty, but I like west Texas better --hotter, but more arid.

Interesting what life brings us. My plans were to come here and teach for just 5 months. So here I am adding 12 to that. Meanwhile, everything I own is in storage in Fort Worth.

Good luck getting back to Texas!!

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You could try taking a travel contract. Pay in TX is not as much as many other states but when you do a travel contract you are only obligated usually for 13 weeks and then you can make a better decision later on. The pay is MUCH better in the cities than in the country and many nurses communte to the big cities for more pay and hence few hours needed to work. Unfortunately, many of the 'country' areas are not as friendly as the larger cities. good luck.

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