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Old 03-07-2008, 12:23 AM
 
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Hey all,

My dh and I are living in las vegas right now and I'm in the last couple of semesters of nursing school. I'll have my RN by the end of this summer. We've been here for about 5 years now and want to make a change. We are considering the houston or galveston area. We'll be visiting there during my spring break. Any nurses out there know how hard it is for a new grad to get a job? Also, any areas we should look at in houston or galveston in terms of living? We'll be visiting in a couple of weeks. Thanks.

Dee
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Old 03-07-2008, 12:31 AM
 
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If you have and kids the schools in Galveston are ghetto they just suck soundering areas have better schools. Houston is a great choice check out the south west side right near the loop Willow Meadows Willow Bend Meyerland West Bury & Maplewood area low crime close to everything nice home $250 to $400K
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Dee,

My wife is an ICU nurse here. You aren't going to have trouble finding a job in H-town. Depending on which hospital you select you'll probably start at about $25/hour which should translate to $50K-$65K/yr. You may be thinking Galveston because you want to be close to the beach, but Galveston is really a commercial fishing venue more than a beautiful, touristy beach. No surfing unless there is a hurricane in the gulf, no white sand and clear blue water, and lots of places with shifting banks that can be very dangerous. I love Galveston for golf, hunting and fishing, but we rarely go for swimming and sun. Also, if you live in Houston you are still only 45 minutes from Galveston (without traffic of course). Houston will have almost limitless employment opportunities for RN's and TONS of affordable housing, whether it be new-construction in the suburbs or some pockets of nice, affordable neighborhoods closer to town and the med center.

As far as neighborhoods to visit while you are here, (and I'm more than a little bit biased) you may want to check out Willowbend, Willow Meadows, Meyerland, Westbury, and perhaps Garden Oaks. Go to Houston Real Estate - Houston Homes, Houston Home Value and Houston Relocation, select "find a home" then "single family" then enter the above neighborhood names in the search criteria. You'll be able to search by price range and get maps of their locations.
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Austin & Houston, TX
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Houston would be a better fit in my opinion.
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Old 03-07-2008, 08:02 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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You didn't mention kids, so I am assuming there are none? If no kids, then either one might work - depends on what you are looking for in the area.

If you have kids and will send them to public school, I would advise against Galveston. I lived there for several years, my DH is from there, and his family members still live there, so I am familiar with the school system there.
If no kids, then Galveston could fit in to your plans. UTMB is always looking for good nurses. What does DH do? That could be a factor as well.

I would definitely suggest visiting both on your break. Houston is quite large so you really do need to pinpoint some areas before you go. Clear Lake is about halfway between Galveston and downtown Houston (although you likely wouldn't be working in downtown Houston), so it's not a bad option, but I don't know about the job market for nurses there.

When is your spring break? Schools in many of the major cities in Texas are out the week of March 17. If you are heading to Galveston, keep in mind that it may be a bit more crowded than is typical. Galveston is not known for Spring Break like Padre is, but we did still get some crowds during that time period.
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Old 03-07-2008, 09:39 PM
 
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Thanks for all the info. No, no kids. And my husband is a mailman so he will be able to transfer with no problems. We were thinking Galveston because of the water. We're not really surfers or anything, its just that being in very dry vegas for awhile makes us want to see greenery and water. Corpus Christi and San Antonio were also suggested to us and I think we'll try to visit those places too. San Antonio seems a bit too large though and with Corpus I'd be afraid of too many college kids. We're both pushing middle age and quite frankly we really just want a laid back environment, not alot of nite life and the like. Anyone know the starting salary for new RN grads in Galveston? Do they routinely hire new grads and have internship programs? Thanks
Dee
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Old 03-13-2008, 10:40 AM
 
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No info. on nursing salaries, but FWIW, UTMB has billboards on the Mainland advertising what a great place UTMB is to work as a nurse and Galv is to live (which leads me to believe they must be hiring!) I live in Galv now and my family will soon be moving out of state. There are lots of people I wouldn't recommend Galv to (i.e. people with school-aged kids, young singles, people afraid of diversity.) But in your situation, I would recommend checking it out. Spend a couple of days/nights here over springbreak and see for yourself. The lifestyle is laidback, you can grill outsidea nd garden year-round, the beaches are not beautiful - but they are not horrible either, and you can fish, boat, sunbathe, walk the beach, etc. Living in the histrorical district there is always lots to do - plays, festivals, artwalk, concerts @ the Grand Opera House, block parties, farmer's market, people watching, *working on your house!*, etc. I would take Galveston over the boring Houston suburbs (where I grew up) any day.
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Old 03-18-2008, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Clear Lake TX
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No info. on nursing salaries, but FWIW, UTMB has billboards on the Mainland advertising what a great place UTMB is to work as a nurse and Galv is to live (which leads me to believe they must be hiring!) I live in Galv now and my family will soon be moving out of state. There are lots of people I wouldn't recommend Galv to (i.e. people with school-aged kids, young singles, people afraid of diversity.) But in your situation, I would recommend checking it out. Spend a couple of days/nights here over springbreak and see for yourself. The lifestyle is laidback, you can grill outsidea nd garden year-round, the beaches are not beautiful - but they are not horrible either, and you can fish, boat, sunbathe, walk the beach, etc. Living in the histrorical district there is always lots to do - plays, festivals, artwalk, concerts @ the Grand Opera House, block parties, farmer's market, people watching, *working on your house!*, etc. I would take Galveston over the boring Houston suburbs (where I grew up) any day.

Without beating around the bush....

Afraid of diversity? Galveston is mainly White-Black-Hispanic. Houston and even a few suburbs are more diverse. I think the 'diversity' you're talking about people being afraid of is more than enough visible homelessness, poverty, panhandling, and loitering, and a disproportionately large rate of forcible rape for such a small town:
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(Though that homeless guy doing calisthenics on the Broadway St. median is a hoot to watch.)

And UTMB is an ok place to work -- my wife has been there for awhile now, but had to be very proactive to advance in a place that has stagnating salaries. There was at least one round of massive layoffs in one department not long ago. UTMB is supposedly the only big money-loser in the entire UT system, based on the published figures she's brought home. There is a good amount of turnover in Presidents that throw a lot of smoke and mirrors to the workforce, who seem to blindly take it. And from what medical incompetence she has seen in her tenure, she will never EVER go there for any treatment.

As far as *working on your house* I couldn't agree more. There is plenty of dilapidation on the island that has been there for years that needs fixin'.

To be fair, I will say I visit Galveston every other month or so as it is not without its charm, but there are a lot of reasons why someone wouldn't want to live there. The Galveston 'sales pitch' pictures you see online do not tell most of the whole story.

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Old 03-18-2008, 03:47 PM
 
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Look at clear lake. It will still give you the water life, but without some of the above mentioned downfalls of Galveston.

As for getting away from the dry Las Vegas air, that will be accomplished in either Houston or Galveston.

You mentioned that San Antonio would be too big. Houston is much larger. Give San Antonio a look. It is beautiful.
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Old 03-18-2008, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Texas
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San Antonio seems a bit too large though...
If you think San Antonio seems too large, Houston is not the place for you. However, you wouldn't have any trouble finding a job here, as others have noted.
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