By Christine Whitmarsh, MD, BMS
The popularity of Texas travel nurse jobs reflects the Lone Star state’s growing reputation as a hot business, relocation and leisure destination. Travel nurses have a multitude of ways to spend their days off, depending on which part of our nation’s second largest state their travel nursing assignment takes them to.
Here is a quick guide to the biggest regions in Texas*, to help you make your wish list of travel nursing assignments to submit to your recruiter. If you haven’t signed with a travel nursing company yet, remember to visit our “apply now” page to find the company that best meets your travel nursing goals.
Here are Texas’s four most populated metropolitan areas.
Dallas/Fort Worth Area: With 12 counties and over 6 million people, there are a variety of clinical settings for travel nurses to choose from in the Dallas area. Dallas is the home of American Airlines (for your travel convenience) and is easily traversable with hundreds of miles of highways. On your day off, you can catch a game from one of several professional sports teams such as the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers. The climate in Dallas has it all depending on which time of year you visit: hot summer days, balmy and breezy in the spring and fall with thunderstorms, snow and everything else in between.
Houston Area: Enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Gulf Coast combined with the excitement and culture of the city in one of the state’s biggest and most well-known metro areas. The Metro system makes it easy to get to the hospital on work days and sightsee on your days off. Houston shares many of the same subtropical climate characteristics as Dallas, with slightly more precipitation.
San Antonio Area: The historic Alamo and scenic downtown River Walk offer plenty of activities for your days off during a travel nurse assignment in San Antonio. Travel nurses who choose an assignment in San Antonio will experience a dichotomy of dry or humid weather, depending on the winds, warm and rainy springs and falls and chilly winter nights.
Austin Area: Texas’s capital city, located on the beautiful Colorado River, ranks high on several “best places” lists (greenest cities, college towns, safest cities, etc.) and therefore is a must-consider for any travel nurse considering an assignment in Texas. Austin is also an arts and culture hotspot, considered “eccentric” by the locals.
Texas Healthcare Tidbits & Resources:
- The Texas “Nurse-Friendly” special designation means that a hospital has passed a vigorous review process of 12 vital areas that create an ideal practice environment for nurses. The facility’s nurses must confirm that these areas pass muster, via confidential surveys.
- Attention experienced mental health travel RNs: The mental health industry is reportedly in need of qualified professionals in Texas. Talk to your recruiter about possible opportunities.
Travel Nurses: Tell us about your experiences on assignment in Texas – the good, the bad, the ugly and anything else that may help travel nurses considering assignments there.
Christine Whitmarsh is a Registered Nurse with a BSN from the University of Rhode Island. She is a freelance health journalist and medical writer and a contributor to Travel Nurse Source and Allied Travel Careers.