Texas: Travel Nursing’s New Hotspot
Big things happen in Texas, and there’s a chance that you’re thinking about taking a big travel nursing assignment there. Texas has a lot to offer, both socially and professionally.
Not only is it home to world famous entertainment, but it is also home to a number of renowned hospitals – one of which you may be working in!
There’s a lot to consider before taking an assignment in Texas. Along with your career, you would be moving your entire life to a new city. Find out a little more about the Lone Star state to see if it is right for you.
Things To Do In Texas
One of the best parts about Texas is that there is no shortage of things to do. Texas is home to some incredible art, world-renowned architecture, a busy night life, great music and, of course, excellent food – Texas BBQ anyone? In fact, Dallas cracked Zagat’s top 10 best cities in the United States for food in 2015.
While Texas definitely has it’s big cities, it is also has an abundance of wilderness to play in. If you’re a lover of hiking, camping or anything outdoors, Texas could be the right fit for you.
How Safe Is Texas
As any travel nurse can attest, safety in a new place is of utmost importance. Check out this map of Dallas for instance, to help you avoid living in a number of unsafe areas. Aside from crime, there are other factors to consider. For example, the weather in Texas can get hot in summer which is something to consider for those not used to heat. Also, creepier factors, such as fire ants, might need to be considered.
Cost of living
As far as major metropolitan areas go, Texas is relatively inexpensive. According to information site Expatistan, the cost of living in Dallas is much lower than most other metropolitan areas. Rent ranges depending on what area of the city you’re in, but expect to be paying between $1,000-$1,400 a month for a single apartment in the city.
If you do choose to move to Texas, you won’t be spending too much on transportation. Gas prices are consistently below the US average.
Area Hospital Reputation
The real reason you’re going to Texas isn’t going to be the hot weather or the Cowboys. Your nursing career is important, and you want to make sure that you’re going to a hospital that you will enjoy working at.
According to US News, Texas is home to nine nationally ranked hospitals and 35 others that meet national high performing standards . Also, nurses who reviewed Texas hospitals on Nurse.org gave the area fairly high marks across the board.
Texas is perfect for those who want to live in a big, lively state. There is always something to do and the hospitals are top-notch