Travel Nursing Texas Style
Looking for friendly folks, elite hospitals and adventures both cosmopolitan and cowboy? Get along, little doggie, to a travel nursing assignment in the Lone Star State. Demand is high, pay is awesome and each city has its own flavor right down to the tacos and BBQ recipes!
3 BIG Reasons to Take a Travel Nursing Job in Texas
1. Low cost of living: Everything is bigger in Texas, except the prices. Gas, utilities and other expenses are below average while pay rates are competitive
2. The Texas school system. If you’ve got a family, your kids get a great education while you’re on a travel nursing assignment.
3. Your social life will blossom. You’ll meet ultra-friendly, fun-loving people at work and play.
Depending on your travel nursing assignment, plan to visit some of these cities and weekend getaways we’ve shared here. Pack your cowboy boots (leave the spurs home) and bring Texas author Larry McMurtry’s novels along for the ride. Tune into Texas musicians such as Ry Cooder, Lyle Lovett and twanging country singers vintage and new. Y’all have fun now, y’hear?
Abilene: If you like rodeos and Native
American culture, this is the place for you. Frontier Texas historic centers,
swimming at Abiline State Park, two fine arts museums (The Grace Museum, Museum
for Contemporary Arts) and plenty of golf courses for teeing off after work.
“The Live Music Capitol of the World,” and one of the hippest cities in America
with plenty of microbreweries, quirky boutiques, stellar dining and more than
200+ parks and lake for recreation. It’s
dog friendly and who doesn’t love Matthew
Dallas: Chic, cosmopolitan and a culture/dining/nightlife mecca, the Ft. Worth sister city is oh so fab with some of the best shopping in the world (Galleria Dallas, NorthPark Center, West Village, Mockingbird Station) and and an awesome daily Farmers Market downtown.
El Paso: As the largest U.S. city on the Mexican border (neighboring Ciudad Juàrez is Mexico's largest border city), El Paso offers a bicultural experience rich in Hispanic heritage, from soccer to dining. Enjoy theater, museums and symphony, golfing and historical attractions such as the Ft. Bliss Museum, El Paso Museum of History and the fascinating Centenniel Museum and Gardens.
Fort Worth: Dallas’s country cousin, better known as the City of Cowboys and Culture where world-class museums, art galleries, live theater, concerts, opera and ballet (Bass Performance Hall) as well as rodeo are on your dance card. Western heritage and arts are alive here in the Stockyards National Historic District, Cultural District, Downtown, Sundance Square, Near Southside, West Seventh, Camp Bowie and University area. Don’t miss Billy Bob’s Texas Honkey Tonk and Fort Worth Nature Refuge for a memorable night and day, Texas style.
Houston: Big oil and corporate America meet here. This urban city features air-conditioned pedestrian tunnel system with shops and entertainment, great baseball and fun attractions from aquariums to a butterfly center. Museums for children and contemporary art plus a stellar symphony are a cultural treat.
Lubbock: With 2,300 events annually, art is way of life in this West Texas cultural mecca. Museums of all types abound, from agriculture to national ranching heritage. Even Buddly Holly gets a mini-museum.
McAllen: Located in the lower Rio Grande Valley, this subtropical city is a winter/summer tourist destination and a birding wonderland with many wildlife refuges. In addition to antiquing, enjoy outdoor fun such as golfing, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and camping.
San Antonio: The lighted boat parade at Christmas is magical, as is the old-world architecture and Western flair of this lovely city. Enjoy the Alamo, rodeos, golf and hikes, Briscoe Western Art Museum, wildlife at the Buckhorn Museum and my favorite, the Texas Ranger Museum. Visit a Texas dance hall, nibble Tex Mex and go whole hog for the best and biggest steaks in Texas.
Weekend Getaways: Texas is BIG—not just the personalities. It’s twice the size of Germany, and quirky places abound: There’s even a town named Hell with an unmanned gas station!
Texas has a lot more to offer than just cowboy hats and rodeos. There's something for everyone in Texas and travel nurses always BIG fun with travel nursing assignments in the Lone Star State.