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It's hard to talk about the job market in Texas without mentioning Hurricane Katrina. The disaster has put a huge burden on the nursing work force across the state. Texas is absorbing a great number of evacuees, many with acute and chronic health needs.


"Ready Texas Nurses"-the Web-based emergency response system for nurses set up after September 11, 2001-was able to access its cohort of 1,200 nurses already in its system and process an additional 1,000 nurse volunteers. Clair Jordan, MSN, RN, executive director of the Texas Nurses Foundation, posted a message on the Texas Nurses Association (TNA) Website thanking the Texas nurses and out-of-state nurses who have responded.


"Texas nurses have found a whole new meaning to the word 'homeless' as our state has absorbed over 200,000 evacuees, predominately from Louisiana," she said in her message. Jordan explained that Texas nurses have volunteered countless hours in shelters, manned public-health phone lines, assessed children, and connected family members.


Also, nursing schools in Texas opened their doors to Louisiana nursing students, and the TNA started a job-placement service for displaced nurses from the affected states who want to work in Texas, whether permanently or temporarily. See Texas Board of Nurse Examiners information at Also see the TNA information at


The need for nurses will continue as the volunteer nurses, who are currently staffing emergency medical clinics, will need relief, and Texas schools enroll children whose immunization status needs to be documented. Jordan says school nurses and Ready Texas Nurses will be prepared to assist with those clinics. Advance practice nurses staffing shelters are covered under disaster relief regulations as long as they adhere to the guidelines and their scope of practice.


Your Guide to Job Opportunities in Texas

Cook Children's Health Care System


801 Seventh Avenue


Fort Worth, TX 76104


Contact: Melissa Levesque, Nurse Recruiter


(800) 563-2247


Web site:


Harrris County Hospital District


2525 Holly Hall, Ste. 100


Houston, TX 77054


Contact: Human Resources/Employment & Recruitment Division


(713) 566-6408 or (800) 996-4243


Web site:


Memorial Hermann


Houston, TX 77074


Contact: Human Resources


Jobline: (713) 448-JOBS


Web site:


Presbyterian Hospital of Denton

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3000 North IH-35


Denton, TX 76201


Contact: Human Resource Department


(940) 898-7063


Fax: (940) 898-7195




Web site:


Scott & White


2401 S. 31st St.


Temple, TX 76508


Jobline: (800) 527-JOBS


Contact: Shirley Meadows, RN, or


Pam Barton, RN


Email: or


Web site:


St. David's Healthcare Partnership


Austin, TX 78705


(512) 397-4000


Web site:


St. Joseph Health System


Human Resources


2601 Osler Blvd.


Bryan, TX 77802


Contact: Max Anne Jones


(979) 774-1818


Fax: (979) 774-0775




Web site:


Texas Health Resources


611 Ryan Plaza Drive, Suite 200


Arlington, TX 76011


Contact: Leslie Butler, Sr. Nursing Recruiting Consultant


(800) 749-6877


Fax: (866) 889-8978




Web site:


UT Southwestern Medical Center


5909 Harry Hines Blvd.


Dallas, TX 75390


Contact: James O'Reilly, Manager of Human Resources


(214) 879-3253


Fax: (214) 879-2597




Web site:


University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)


301 University Blvd.


Galveston, TX 77555-0512


Contact: Nancy Eubanks, RN, Program Manager


(409) 747-4717 or (877) 886-2499


Web site:


University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center


1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 68


Houston, TX 77030


Contact: Nurse Recruitment Office


(800) 25-UTMDA, option #3 twice or (713) 792-7362


Web site:


It is still a boom time in the desert states of Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the Nevada has grown 12.2% in population from 2000 to 2003; Arizona, 8.8%: and New Mexico, 3.1%, which is more in line with the 3.3% national rate. This means more opportunities for nurses.

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Efforts to increase the number of nurses in this region, as elsewhere, are hampered by the shortage of nursing faculty to prepare them. And, as elsewhere, critical care specialties are in demand. Hospitals are attempting to plug gaps by using travel nurses. Arizona is also a popular destination for nurses seeking winter seasonal work.


As of the May 2004 Bureau of Labor Statistics figures, the most recent available, RNs in Nevada earned $27.65 hourly; in Arizona, $25.47; and in New Mexico, $24.85.


Although the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet designation hasn't caught on in this area as much as in other areas of the country, Arizona does have three of the 169 facilities named at this time: Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and John C. Lincoln Hospital-North Mountain, both in Phoenix, and University Medical Center in Tucson.


Population isn't the only thing growing in the desert. Housing prices are sprouting quickly, too. CNN/Money reports that Nevada and Arizona are No. 1 and No. 2 on the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) list of 12-month housing price increases by state. New Mexico was farther behind at 11.81%, but had a 4.18% second quarter gain.


Your Guide to Job Opportunities in Desert States

Nurses interested in relocating can remember that Arizona and New Mexico are Nurse Licensure Compact States, which mutually recognize the RN license of nurses from other compact states.


Abrazo Health Care


7878 N. 16th Street, Ste 250-West Lobby


Phoenix, AZ 85020


Web site:


Abrazo Health Care


Arrowhead Hospital


18701 N. 67th Avenue


Glendale, AZ 85308


Contact: Sharon Chadwick


(623) 561-7173


Fax: (623) 572-4578




Web site:


Maryvale Hospital


5102 W. Campbell Avenue


Phoenix, AZ 85031


Contact: Chevez White


(623) 848-5899


Fax: (623) 848-5959




Web site:


Paradise Valley Hospital


3929 E. Bell Rd.


Phoenix, AZ 85032


Contact: Betty Davies


(602) 923-5633


Fax: (602) 923-5665




Web site:


Phoenix Baptist Hospital


2000 W. Bethany Home Road


Phoenix, AZ 85015


Contact: Chris Pilley


(602) 246-5326


Fax: (602) 246-5769




Web site:


Phoenix Memorial Hospital


1201 S. 7th Avenue


Phoenix, AZ 85007


Contact: Steve Austin


(602) 824-3079


Fax: (602) 824-3420




Web site:


West Valley Hospital


13677 W. McDowell Rd.


Goodyear, AZ 85338


Contact: Paula Hoversten


(623) 882-1559


Fax: (623) 882-1565




Web site:


Banner Health


Web site:


Phone: (866) 377-JOBS (5627)


Carondolet Health Care Network


1601 W. St. Mary's Rd.


Tucson, AZ 85745


Contact: Leslie Minjarez, System Recruiter


(520) 872-3000


Fax: (520) 872-6067




Web site:


CHW St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center


350 West Thomas Rd.


Phoenix, AZ 85013


Contact: DeAnne Russell, Manager, Recruitment & Retention


CHW Chandler Regional Hospital


475 S. Rd.


Chandler, AZ 85224


Contact: Viveca Hill, Nurse Recruiter


(866) 754-6774


Web site:


Lovelace Sandia Health System


Contact: Woody Creech, Nurse Recruiter


(505) 727-4331


Fax: (505) 727-9256


Web site:


Northern Arizona Healthcare


1200 N. Beaver St.


Flagstaff, AZ 86001


Contact: Human Resources


(800) 446-2324 or (888) 249-9995


Web site:


Northwest Medical Center


6180 N. Corona Rd., Ste 102


Tucson, AZ 85704


Northwest Medical Center/Oro Valley


1551 East Tangerine


Oro Valley, AZ 85755


Contact: Human Resources


(520) 742-900


Fax: (520) 469-8050


Web Site:


Scottsdale Healthcare Shea


9003 E. Shea Blvd.


Scottsdale, AZ 85260


Contact: Human Resources


(480) 882- JOBS (5627)


Web site:


Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn


7300 E. 4th St.


Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Contact: Human Resources


(480) 882- JOBS (5627)


Web site:


UNM Hospitals


1650 University Blvd., Ste. 200


Albuquerque, NM 87102


Contact: Human Resources


Phone: (505) 272-2325 or (800) 225-1612


Web site:


Yuma Regional Medical Center


2400 S. Avenue A


Yuma, AZ 85364


Contact: Professional Recruiter


(800) 726-YUMA (9862)


Fax: (928) 336-7677




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