I used to live and work in Texas 1994-2003. I came home to Canada when my Mom got sick and kind of got stuck here. I worked ICU/ER/Cath Lab in Dallas, Houston and the border cities.
So tell me, has much changed in the past 10 years?
Jan 14, '14
Changed it what way? Some way yes, some ways no.
Texas is no longer a state that just anybody can come to and get hired. There are many, many, many nursing schools turning out a lot of nurses (majority being ASN's, but many BSN's also). Having experience helps a lot, but being out of the loop for 10 years does not help (or did you work in Canada?).
A single position in metro areas may have 20+ (or more) applicants. Many hospitals now require BSN or working on BSN to be hired. Smaller outlying communities and towns are a little easier to get jobs, but still not super easy. Border towns are always hireing from what I have heard.
Texas still has a huge diversity of people and locations (Forests to desert, coastal to rolling hills and a lot in between). Cost of living is pretty good, wages are not too bad and the economy has been pretty solid for the past 10 years or so.