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Moving to Dallas, Tx new grad RN-ADN desperately needs advice

by peaceandmore peaceandmore (New) New Student

Hi all,

My husband and I are planning to move from Nebraska to the Dallas–Fort Worth area. I'm a new grad RN and he is an accountant. I'm already enrolled in an RN-to-BSN program. I've heard there's is a lot of competition in Dallas, so I'm a little anxious about it. I've read I can have more chances of landing a job as a new grad RN-ADN in small towns, mid-sized cities. Does anybody have specific areas to recommend? We are also looking for family-friendly housing options, as I'm currently pregnant. I would really appreciate any information to guide our research and decision-making process.

Thank you

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

Hi There and welcome to DFW. I grew up in Omaha, so I know the potential culture shock that may await you, but most people do like it here.

You are a new grad, so if you want hospital work you will need to keep an eye on the job boards for new grad residencies or internships. Most of the hospitals in DFW will not hire a new grad directly to the floor. Being pregnant may also make things hard. Obviously it is illegal to discriminate against you for pregnancy, but if you and another candidate are equal in all ways (and as a new grad, you are), it will most likely fall to the person who isn't going to miss months of work due to having a baby.

All of the suburbs around Dallas/Fort Worth are pretty family friendly and have excellent school systems. The "neighborliness" here isn't like you are used to in Nebraska. Nobody knows one another for the most part and generally have zero contact. Housing is nice. Lawns are super small, unless you move further out into some of the super large houses sitting on an acre or more.

Parkland is known to hire ADNs still, though less often than before. They will also occasionally hire direct to the floor rather than through an internship. Look for their jobs designated as RN I.

LTACH, SNF, home health, corrections are all avenues worth pursuing, as well as school and clinic nursing.

Good luck and let me know if I can answer any more specific questions for you. Go Big Red!