unfortunately, the local hospitals aren't hiring, as far as I know, and the largest one is trying every trick in the book to reduce nursing hours. The hospital nurses are unionized so there's a lot of protection, but it's not total. Some of the SNFs & LTCs are quite good and seem to retain staff for a LONG time, which is different from most places I've been. Not that they're luxurious -- but that there seems to be almost enough staff to go around.
There's only one RN program in this immediate area, but it graduated about 70 students in June and most of them WON'T easily find jobs. Period. Chances for acute care positions a very low, unfortunately, and LTC and SNF positions aren't at all plentiful. Peace Health (which operates Sacred Heart Riverbend and Sacred Heart University District, along with a large system of outpatient clinics) is the largest employer in the area but is the place I know best and is the place trying to cut nursing hours. Eventually, they'll see the light, I imagine, but it will probably take a couple of years and in the mean time, it's going to be rough.
I wish I had a more positive report to give you, but right now, the job market here is bad and no signs it's going to get better any time soon. This part of Oregon is a great place to live -- and I hope something great works out for you and your family.