Hi neighbor...I am about 30 miles west of Portland! Honest advise..check out the local papers around here! See what you are getting yourself into...right now things are pretty bleek, but they say that changes every 5 years or so (kind of a cycle)...but I wished I looked around before I lept into RN school (PCC ADN class of 2000).
U of P is awesome for BSN, but remember to learn techical skills too..LOL, I have trained U of P grads how to put in a foley...and that suprised me 4 times!!! But ask them about research and theory and they can't be beat!!!!!! So think about that...what is your wish once you become a nurse??? Then see if it meshes
...I mean...being an ED nurse or med surge floor isn't as geared towards all that hard work you put in...but say administration nursing or education, oh yeah for a U of P...perfect!!!! (so keep that in mind, and do searches in the paper about how many jobs are offered out there for this! And watch the trend!).
Over here, a nurse basically has to die in order to get a job! They keep their jobs for life...so it is hard to get in...watch that in rural areas if you plan on living in one. I am an ED nurse by heart, working at an assisted living facility...not what I had planned AT ALL! But its a paycheck, and I do it well after figuring this whole assisted living concept out (only took about 2 years..LOL!).
If you get the chance...talk to a nurse at a local hospital and see if this is right for you...ask if you can 'shadow' a nurse for a shift or even part of a shift and see if this is what you want to do for THE REST of you life..LOL! (or even part..LOL!)..that is usually the best way
... Good Sam use to do this...and awesome AWESOME hospital!!!!!!!!!!! (I love that place!!!!!).
Good luck and feel free to pm me...I know the nursing scene around the greater Metro area and rural west...and can give you some insight to current trends and job market
AND WELCOME TO THE FORUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!