I'm sorry to hear about your experience in El Paso, but I must say your experience had more to do with your inexperience as a traveler, and your agency, that it did with being in Texas. First if you're uncomfortable with being floated to an area, you should refuse. Also you would need to have discussed floating policies before signing the contract. During the interview, this would have been the time to find out what would be expected as far as floating is concerned. And this was the time to state whether or not you were comfortable in floating to other areas.
Also a good agency would have stuck by you, and listened to your side of the story. I have been on assignments, where I refused to take on additional responsiblities, and ended up canceling the assignment, as it wasn't what I agreed to do. My company heard my side of it, and stood by me, and quickly found me another assignment. They never charged me a dime for the housing, while they found the new assignment either!
I agree with the info you got about www.Delphiforums.com.
Checking out The Travel Nurses and Therapists forums is an excellent way to find out about hospitals, and agencies. You can ask questions about just about every situation, and someone is more than likely been there and done that. Believe me it has saved many from going thru the same kind of situation you have just described!
I sincerely hope you haven't given up on travel, as just about all of us out here have went thru a bad assignment or two ..or three...
. But experience is a great teacher, and checking out delphi is an excellent way to save yourself a lot of heartache, and disappointment. If I can help...just let me know...