It’s said that everything’s bigger in Texas. That’s especially true for nursing careers! From large metro areas to small towns, forests to sandy beaches, Texas has a variety of settings to suit your lifestyle. Here are some of the highlights of making the move to become a nurse in Texas.
Find a permanent nursing position so you can do your best work!
Texas has a strong diversified economy with continued growth leading to many career opportunities. One of the easiest ways to find what you’re looking for is by creating a profile onIncredible Health. Incredible Health is a technology company helping connect hospitals with registered nurses and nurse practitioners quickly. Incredible Health is not a travel company, but instead helps RNs and NPs find permanent full-time, part-time and per diem positions. Based on your location and preferences, hospitals will send you interview requests via text and email. Nurses hold the power as they can potentially receive multiple requests from various hospitals and make the decision on what the best opportunity is for them. Even better, Incredible Health offers this at no cost to the RN/NP. They also offer free CEU courses AND a salary calculator to make sure you are getting paid what you’re worth!
Speaking of nursing pay…in Texas, you can take home more!
The state of Texas does not collect an income tax so the overall tax burden is less here than in most states. According to an Incredible Health study on nurse salaries, the average RN salary of TX is competitive with the national average, ranking as the 19th highest paying state for RNs. However, living in Texas is incredibly cheap compared to other high paying states. Adjusted for cost of living, Texas is the second highest paying state in the U.S. While the bigger cities can be pricey, cities that have more bang for your buck include: Frisco, Galveston, and Cedar Park which is one of the fastest-growing and cheapest places to buy a home in the Austin area, with a great school system to note as well.
Send your children to great schools!
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, students in Texas have higher test scores than students in other states. In terms of quality of education, Texas ranks near the top at number 15. University of Texas-Austin, Texas A&M and Rice University are a few of the notable colleges that top the charts.
Take in the sports, music and arts scene.
Texas possesses three of the top ten most populous cities in the US—Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. With two professional football and baseball teams, three professional basketball franchises, and countless college teams, there’s so much to cheer about. For the music lover, Austin is known as the ‘Live Music Capital’ of the world where at almost any day and time, you can find a live show. From indie rock, blues, country and jazz, this vibrant music scene encompasses the city. A must-do for any art lover is taking a visit to Houston where their Art and Museum District features 20 cultural organizations and museums sure to incite creativity and inspiration.
There are so many activities for nurses who love the outdoors!
Did you know that in Texas, not only can you surf, but you have your choice of waves or sand dunes?! In West Texas, Monahans Sandhills State Park offers options to camp, horseback ride or sand-surf amongst the sandy dunes, some as high as sixty feet! If beautiful beaches are what you’re looking for, then take a trip South to Corpus Christi or South Padre Island. You can surf, kite board, snorkel, kayak and fish in the warm gulf waters. Texas also boasts four national forests where you can hike, hunt, and explore in nature.
With the population of Texas growing rapidly, registered nurses and nurse practitioners will be needed more than ever! There are so many reasons to make the move and do your best work as a healthcare professional in Texas.