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Texas is a great place for RNs who're thinking of relocating. A booming job market, comparatively lower costs of living, and no state income tax are just a few reasons. In February 2006, the Milken Institute, an economic think tank, published the latest version of its city-rating guide, the Best Performing Cities [2005]: Where America's Jobs Are Created and Sustained. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area ranked fourth, behind three communities in Florida.

 

Another reason for nurses to like Texas is the very impressive Texas Nurses Association (TNA), which has several outstanding programs. One is Ready Texas Nurses, a Web-based, emergency response system created to facilitate nursing mobilization in times of crisis. Another is the TNA's Nurse-Friendly Hospital designation program. Facilities are evaluated according to 12 standards of ideal nursing practice environments. Nurses can check to see whether their facility meets the criteria.

 

Your Guide to Job Opportunities in Texas

 

Children's Medical Center Dallas 1935 Motor Street, Dallas, TX 75235, Contact: Human Resources, (888) 848-2990, Web site: http://www.childrens.com

 

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-Medical Center Campus 2827 Babcock Road, San Antonio, TX 78229, Contact: Nurse Recruiter, (800) 880-NURS, E-mail: recruiter@christushealth.org, Web site: http://www.heavenlycareers.com

 

Harris County Hospital District 2525 Holly Hall, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77054, Contact: Human Resources/Employment and Recruitment Division, (713) 566-6408 or (800) 996-4243 (HCHD), Web site: http://www.hchdonline.com

 

Memorial HermannHouston, TX 77074, Contact: Human Resources, Jobline: (877) JOB-OPPS (562-6777), Web site: http://www.memorialhermann.org

 

Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth 900 Eighth Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76104, Contact: Ann Little, (817) 347-1425, Fax: (817) 347-1427, Web site: http://www.plazamedicalcenter.com

 

Presbyterian Hospital of Denton 3000 North IH-35, Denton, TX 76201, Contact: Human Resource Department, (940) 898-7063, Fax: (940) 898-7195, E-mail: lori.faries@triadhospitals.com, Web site: http://www.dentonhospital.com

 

Scott and White 2401 South 31st Street, Temple, TX 76508, Jobline: (800) 527-JOBS (5627), Contact: Shirley Meadows, RN, or Pam Barton, RN, E-mail: smeadows@swmail.sw.org or pbarton@swmail.sw.org, Web site: http://www.sw.org

 

Seton Family of Hospitals 1201 West 38th Street, Austin, TX 78705, Contact: Nurse Recruitment, (512) 324-1776, Web site: http://www.opportunityseton.com

 

St. David's Healthcare Partnership Austin, TX 78705, (512) 397-4000, Web site: http://www.careers.stdavids.com

 

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, E-mail: recruiter@texashealth.org, Web site: http://www.Jobsthr.com

 

University of Texas Medical Branch 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77555-0512, (409) 747-4717 or (877) 886-2499, Web site: http://www.utmbnursing.com