I am in Spokane, Washington, which is right next door to Idaho.
For starters, Idaho is a VERY RED STATE!! They are VERY ANTI UNION!!
The pay is lower in Idaho, but hospitals have to keep salaries close to salaries in Washington, since we are not at a, "right to work for less", state. We are close enough, if they kept salaries as low as they would like, the new grads would just get in the car and drive less than an hour to get to a hospital in Spokane, which would pay ALOT MORE WITH MUCH BETTER BENEFITS, THAT THE HOSPITALS IN IDAHO.
The hospital in North Idaho are, Kootenai Medical Center, in Coeur d' Alene, North Idaho Specialty Hospital, and another specialty hospital, that I don't remember the name. Both of the former hosptals are privately owned by physicians, and are VERY BIG, ON CUSTOMER SERVICE, which means, you had better be ready to wait on patients, family and visitors hand and foot. Make sure that they have a comfortable bed, with a comfortable pillow, and warm blanket. Be ready to be a waitress for all of the above, "clients", and make sure that they are happy!! The nurses there, BRAG about how they have to work two jobs to support their families, and are HAPPY to work for these sub par wages, because the doctor-owners, keep staff-patient ratio low enough to be able to, "control", the natives, (nurses). They seem never to connect the dots, about how nurse patient ratios, should be reasonable to patient safety, and not as a tool to, keep nurses under their control, and pay sub standard wages.
Or, you can come over to Spokane, and work over here. The choice is yours.
KMC, is a Magnet Hospital, for what it is worth. Nurses seem to be happy there, but you can see for yourself. They have alot of busy work charting, on top of their regular work.
JMHO and my NY $0.02.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
Somewhere in the PACNW