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NY RN may move to TX

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Specializes in MCH, L&D. Has 15 years experience.

I'm a Labor and Delivery RN in NY. I happened to apply for a full time L&D position at Las Colinas Medical Center. It's in Irving TX. How far is that from Dallas? What is the typical salary for an experienced nurse? They called me for an interview but I need to know if it would be worth moving. I'm looking for a better way of life for me and my 10 y/o son, life in NY is great, but way to expensive for a single mom. He plays football and is very good. I know football is big in TX. How are the school systems? Is housing affordable? Sorry for the long post, my brain is going at a hundred miles a minute. Thanks for your responses.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Las Colinas is a more upscale section of Irving. Irving is a suburb located about 12 miles west of Dallas. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is partially located in Irving.

How much do experienced nurses get paid? Well, we would have to know how much experience you have before we could answer that question. I would expect the pay to be much lower here in Texas due to the lower cost of living. However, due to the soft real estate market, you could buy a decent-sized house in Irving for $125,000 or less, and the rents are cheap if you want to rent a house or apartment.

rastanursern, MSN

Specializes in MCH, L&D. Has 15 years experience.

Thanks 'The Commuter'. i appreciate your response.

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

Come on Down!

As TheCommuter said, that is a very nice area. My oldest child lives in Irving - nice (1200 sq ft) 2 bdrm place in a secure complex with garage & all ammenities... for ~$1k per month & it's right next to a park/lake just 1/4 mile from the Dallas Cowboys training facility. Great shopping & schools in the area. Cost of living will be waaaaay less than you are used to. No state income tax is a huge plus.

The only caveat... you REALLY need to be prepared for extremely hot summertime weather. Triple digits is pretty common - much hotter than Houston. Make sure your car's cooling system and air conditioner are in tip-top shape so you won't have a melt-down on the freeway.

I hope you decide to join us. Keep us posted on your progress.

rastanursern, MSN

Specializes in MCH, L&D. Has 15 years experience.

Come on Down!

As TheCommuter said, that is a very nice area. My oldest child lives in Irving - nice (1200 sq ft) 2 bdrm place in a secure complex with garage & all ammenities... for ~$1k per month & it's right next to a park/lake just 1/4 mile from the Dallas Cowboys training facility. Great shopping & schools in the area. Cost of living will be waaaaay less than you are used to. No state income tax is a huge plus.

The only caveat... you REALLY need to be prepared for extremely hot summertime weather. Triple digits is pretty common - much hotter than Houston. Make sure your car's cooling system and air conditioner are in tip-top shape so you won't have a melt-down on the freeway.

I hope you decide to join us. Keep us posted on your progress.

Thank you. I will keep you guys posted. Are you familiar with the Medical Center itself? Are the nurses who work there happy?

rastanursern, MSN

Specializes in MCH, L&D. Has 15 years experience.

Come on Down!

The only caveat... you REALLY need to be prepared for extremely hot summertime weather. Triple digits is pretty common - much hotter than Houston. Make sure your car's cooling system and air conditioner are in tip-top shape so you won't have a melt-down on the freeway.

I hope you decide to join us. Keep us posted on your progress.

I would definitely have to get used to the heat, triple digits sounds crazy!!!!! I know football is big in the south, my son is 10 and has been playing for 5 years, he's pretty darn good. How are the teams for kids his age?

Have you checked out "City-data .com" ? If you go to the forums on that site they provide a TON of info on different parts of the country and you can ask specific questions there and get more feedback on particular parts of Dallas. It has helped me tremendously in the past!

rastanursern, MSN

Specializes in MCH, L&D. Has 15 years experience.

Have you checked out "City-data .com" ? If you go to the forums on that site they provide a TON of info on different parts of the country and you can ask specific questions there and get more feedback on particular parts of Dallas. It has helped me tremendously in the past!

Thanks, I"ll ty it out!!!

trimeduRN

Specializes in Labor & Delivery; Med-Surg; LTC. Has 8 years experience.

I'm a Labor and Delivery RN in NY. I happened to apply for a full time L&D position at Las Colinas Medical Center. It's in Irving TX. How far is that from Dallas? What is the typical salary for an experienced nurse? They called me for an interview but I need to know if it would be worth moving. I'm looking for a better way of life for me and my 10 y/o son, life in NY is great, but way to expensive for a single mom. He plays football and is very good. I know football is big in TX. How are the school systems? Is housing affordable? Sorry for the long post, my brain is going at a hundred miles a minute. Thanks for your responses.

Hello rastanursern,

How did your interview go? I am also looking in to relocating to that Dallas, texas area. I have two phone interviews lined up but I am not sure what to think. I live 1100 miles aways and am afraid they may want me to make that trip for a second interview if selected. Just wanted to see what the follow-up is for the interview.

Thanks,

Shawn:confused:

rastanursern, MSN

Specializes in MCH, L&D. Has 15 years experience.

Hello rastanursern,

How did your interview go? I am also looking in to relocating to that Dallas, texas area. I have two phone interviews lined up but I am not sure what to think. I live 1100 miles aways and am afraid they may want me to make that trip for a second interview if selected. Just wanted to see what the follow-up is for the interview.

Thanks,

Shawn:confused:

I had my phone interview this afternoon. It went great!!! They would like me to come out for an in person interview as the next step. I'm looking to go out there around the first week of August, for a few days, will look around, maybe look at some apartments and get a feel for the surrounding area.

rastanursern, MSN

Specializes in MCH, L&D. Has 15 years experience.

I'll be in the DFW area from 8/10-8/13 for my in person interview and to visit and look at prospective apartments. Looking forward to it.

trimeduRN

Specializes in Labor & Delivery; Med-Surg; LTC. Has 8 years experience.

I'll be in the DFW area from 8/10-8/13 for my in person interview and to visit and look at prospective apartments. Looking forward to it.

Thats great. I start orientation on 8/8, I was able to get a 3/2 apt for right around $1100, and my complex is about 5 minutes or so from where you'll be interviewing. I have family up there so I was able to get things done rather quickly.. Good luck on your interview.

Shawn

rastanursern, MSN

Specializes in MCH, L&D. Has 15 years experience.

Thats great. I start orientation on 8/8, I was able to get a 3/2 apt for right around $1100, and my complex is about 5 minutes or so from where you'll be interviewing. I have family up there so I was able to get things done rather quickly.. Good luck on your interview.

Shawn

That's great!!! Good luck to you too! Thanks!!

Medic2RN, BSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in ER, IICU, PCU, PACU, EMS. Has 15 years experience.

Congratulations rastanursern!

I am a transplanted NYer originally from LI.

I can tell you I had culture shock when I first moved down here, but I am glad I did. The salaries are not the same as NY, however, it's all relative when you see how cheaply you can live in Texas when compared to NY. The cost of living is lower, houses/ apartments are affordable and there is no state tax like NY.

The weather is hot, hot, hot in the summer time although it is definitely less humid than LI or NYC (you never mentioned where in NY you live). Remember that you are visiting during the hottest part of the year and we're having somewhat of a heatwave on top of that. The rest of the year is pleasant. It does get cold here and I have worn a coat a couple of times, but mostly a jacket during the winter.

If you are going to live in the metroplex (the area around Dallas and Fort Worth) there are plenty of things to do during your time off with your son. I don't know too much about the school systems in that area since I lived there a while ago. Football is huge here and I'm sure your son will have a good time with that.

I do miss NY, but I'm glad I moved down here due to the cost of living.

Best of luck to you and if you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer them!

rastanursern, MSN

Specializes in MCH, L&D. Has 15 years experience.

So I'm finally here. Staying out in Irving with a friend of mine. I went by the medical center this afternoon and it's a very nice facility. My interview is tomorrow morning at 9:30am. Wish me luck guys. I will keep you all posted!!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

So I'm finally here. Staying out in Irving with a friend of mine. I went by the medical center this afternoon and it's a very nice facility. My interview is tomorrow morning at 9:30am. Wish me luck guys. I will keep you all posted!!
I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope that your interview goes very well!

trimeduRN

Specializes in Labor & Delivery; Med-Surg; LTC. Has 8 years experience.

So I'm finally here. Staying out in Irving with a friend of mine. I went by the medical center this afternoon and it's a very nice facility. My interview is tomorrow morning at 9:30am. Wish me luck guys. I will keep you all posted!!

Good luck tomorrow!!! :yeah: I found a nice place in the Las Colinas area of Irving. I was able to push my start date off a little because it got a little to hectic... It has been extremely hot.. But the area is nice & affordable... Let us know how everything goes!!!

Shawn

rastanursern, MSN

Specializes in MCH, L&D. Has 15 years experience.

Thanks!!!