You could do much worse than St. David's. Their compensation is a little low for the area, but they bump you up decently pretty quickly. Their "residency" is a joke, lots of time spent (2 hours a month or so) in classrooms learning the most basic of basic concepts with very little explanation of what your job actually entails. Very little of the residency is medical knowledge, just a lot of basic life skills (be nice to patients, don't yell at family members, yadda yadda).
Ultimately, however, it's the on-the-job training that will help you learn your role. 13 weeks with a preceptor who normally lets you take the reins pretty early, but is consistently there to help you if you need advice or help managing your patient load. Once you're done with your preceptorship, you're flying solo, but for the most part your team is always there to help. Charge nurses don't take patients, and majority of the time are happy to help you with any skills you need shoring up on, or any tough procedures you can't seem to get.
Patient ratios at Round Rock are good, 4-5 patients per nurse and 12 patients per tech. You will be doing a lot of tech work, but that's just another opportunity to perform an assessment of your patient. They actively foster an environment of cooperation and teamwork, and are quick to remind others of that if anyone demonstrates poor qualities in those regards.
Education opportunities abound, with opportunities to get your ACLS, PALS, specialty certifications, and advanced degrees, with little to no out of pocket costs. They really want well educated nurses, and it shows.
The only practices that really bother me, are their 2 year contract for new nurses, and their resistance to re-assigning. They claim that their "residency" costs them $10,000 to put you through, and make you sign a promissory note as a condition of employment to pay back that amount if you leave employment (prorated per month of course). It's obvious what they're trying to do, nobody is foolish enough to think that mandatory education that is 2 hours a month for 10 months costs $10,000 per nurse. It's a way to justify keeping you there for 2 years because they took a chance at hiring a new nurse. That's all. What's funny is that they boast about having a very high retention rate for 2 years of their new graduate nurses (gee, I wonder why?)
For re-assigning, they are very resistant to you changing positions/specialties (even within the same hospital) for at least a year. Not unreasonable, but bothersome regardless. If you realize a specialty isn't for you, you're going to have a tough time changing to something that's a better fit until at least a year in that position. They justify this by saying that it takes a year for a nurse to really understand their position, but honestly, it doesn't take all that long to learn that something isn't for you. Another blatant justification of something we all know: it's bad business for nurses to be rotating positions constantly. We know it, why not just say it?