East Washington/Idaho nurses - page 3

DH and i have DECIDED today. Its FINAL. We are going to move to East Washing or Idaho. We are thinking of living in Spokane WA, Post Falls ID, Couer D'alene ID or thereabouts. I need to find out... Read More

  1. by   kimmicoobug
    I am here in Eastern Washington. Yeah, the job market kind of sucks here unless you are a farmer. In the town where I live in, (hint: think sweet onions) there just aren't any opportunities for my husband. I started a job here, but found that it isn't what it seemed. IE, there IS no job past orientation. So, now I am looking at other hospitals, and possibly a move. Don't know about a move to Seattle, leaning more towards Portland if I do make that jump.
  2. by   TreceRN
    Our hospital in southwest Washington is not "officially" in a hiring freeze; we just don't have any openings (believe it or not!). We are affiliated with PeaceHealth, and our sister hospital in Bellingham has TONS of openings. Go figure And don't worry about Mt. St Helens - it blew in 1980 and isn't due again for another 100 years
  3. by   zambezi
    If you want all four seasons, you should look into southern oregon. While it does rain, it is not nearly as much as portland, eugene, spokane... It is absulutely beautiful here. We do not get much snow, but mt ashland is a 15 minute drive, ski mountain in winter, great hiking mountain biking in the summer. I am a fairly new rn, so I can't compare pay rates from personal experience, but it seems that our pay is middle of the pack per allnurses...lots of hiking, mountain roads, lakes, forests, etc...smaller towns that are growing fairly quickly...not a lot of job opportunities other than medical field...expanding hospitals...no differential between icu/floor rns...four dollars and hour more night differential...anyway, i like it a lot here...good luck in your search...
    Last edit by zambezi on Jul 31, '03
  4. by   Grace Oz
    FORGET ALL THE ABOVE!!!....
    Come on "Down Under"!!...
    The last true blue paradise on EARTH!! :-) TRUE!!
    Beautiful cities, beaches, mountains, desert, rural towns, snow country, tropical north, rainforests, oh, I could go on & on & on.....
    AUSTRALIA!... Beautiful one day.....
    PERFECT the next!! :-)
    AnD, it's affordable!!
    GOOD LUCK anyway.
    Cheers,
    Grace
  5. by   vettech
    Originally posted by Grace Oz
    FORGET ALL THE ABOVE!!!....
    Come on "Down Under"!!...
    The last true blue paradise on EARTH!! :-) TRUE!!
    Beautiful cities, beaches, mountains, desert, rural towns, snow country, tropical north, rainforests, oh, I could go on & on & on.....
    AUSTRALIA!... Beautiful one day.....
    PERFECT the next!! :-)
    AnD, it's affordable!!
    GOOD LUCK anyway.
    Cheers,
    Grace
    And home to my favorite species of lizard, Pogona vitticeps, the Australian Inland Bearded Dragon... in fact, one member of the species, named Darwin, is watching me from her enclosure not 5' away.
  6. by   lindarn
    I just wanted to inform everyone that the NLRB ruled in favor of the Deaconess nurses who just recently voted down the chance to unionize with 1199 SEIU. The hospital has been in financial difficulty for some time now, and in order to be able to get financing for projects, they cut everyones pay 9%, except the departments that were unionized. The pay cuts were supposed to only be for 3 months and right before the union vote, the hospital told the nurses that if they voted for the union that the hospital would make the pay cut permanent. 1199 filed an unfair labor practice grievance against the hospital and won.

    You would think that the nurses would be overjoyed that they can hold another union vote immediately instead of having to wait a year to try again. But OHH NO! Many of the nurses have decided that maybe it isn't a good idea to have a union and now 1199 is going to have to do some more campaigning to make sure that they have enough support to have another vote!

    It seems that even after all that has gone on, with the medical benefits increased significantly on top of the pay cut, alot of the nurses still "don't like the idea of having a union!!!" Do you believe it!! I almost choked on my morning coffee as I read the Sunday paper this morning!!! It was a good thing that I took the kids to church because I think that I would have had a stroke after reading that!! As I said in my original thread, "Stupid is as Stupid does. Amen!! The words, "some people just don't get it", now have a new meaning. The nurses just think it is a bad idea because now that they have sacrificed their pay for the last 6 months and the hospital is "doing better financially", they don't think that the union is a good idea. The day before this article appeared in the paper, there was another article about how the hospital was turning around financially. Doesn't that just bring out the warm fuzzies? To know that you sacrificed your personal financial security to bail out a health care system that had mismanaged their finances so badly since they took over these hospitals several years ago that they had to cut their employees's pay to get financing for major projects? That they considered these project to be more important than their most valuable asset, the employees that kept them in business? Maybe that was just too much to ask and/or figure out!

    And these nurses bought it all, hook, line and sinker! If they believe that they are ever going to get their same rate of pay back, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I would be happy to sell you for $79.99 plus New York State sales tax. Just to show you what a swell guy I am, I will throw in shipping and handling free of charge! Maybe you can re- sell the Brooklyn Bridge at the ocean view property in Arizona right next to that swamp land!!

    If only we had the New York State Nurses Association here or the California Stare Nurses Association !! But alas, we are stuck with WSNA! We had a chance here in Spokane to show them what a real union can do! And they are turning it down! Now I know why I left nursing. I refuse to be associated with the "martyr marys" of the Spokane nursing profession (as we called them in NY) who can't see the forest for the trees. What else can I say!

    Lindarn
  7. by   RNJoe
    I currently live in CA. After reading the posts I have to add that is is very disappointing with the curent RNs wages, WA yearly licensing requirements and fees and inability of local officials to defend the nurses.
    First, we carry a great liability for human life while providing pt care. Second,the pay is outrageously low. Third, the pay reflects the qulity of pt care. There is high staff turn arounds, high use of registries and other factors.
    I personally been thinking about moving to Spokane area but after doing some research I cannot afford to do it.
    Cuurently my pay is in high 40s/per hour that is withiout any differentials. The health insurance is included for whole family.Compare to Spokane wages ~23-24/per hour. Health insurance is extra. I guess what keeps wages that low in Spokane area is big supply of new RN grads and fear local nurses to apply oressure on the hospital administrators. Moreover, pay cuts for nurses it is simply unacceptable. Are we carrying less for our pts. This profession is always on demand due to human nature. However, local hospital administrators used situation with economy to cut already low wages. I bet if someone analyzed the hospital income vs expense the are no changes in their budget. It is simply BS and use of cheap labor on the most important jobs that have a greatest liability.

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