Quote from YankeeHater
Good for you for having such a positive attitude but I respectfully disagree with you. I have lived and worked in OR for the past 5+yrs at a hospital in the Prov System and do not make 100k a year. Not even close! We used to have a new grad program but it has been cancelled due to budget cuts and we have not hired any new grads (or anyone at all for that matter) in over a year. Your friend getting a job in the ICU right out of school 6mos ago- making that kind of money- must have some miraculous good luck because, to me, the job and the salary sound a little too good to be true.
To the OP- I agree with the idea of checking into a outpt dialysis center if you don't have any luck at Prov Seaside or the other little hospital in Astoria. Honestly, Portland and Vancouver would be a very rough commute so if there is anything on the coast, I would take it. I hope something either opens up for you there or maybe your husband will get transferred again to somewhere with a little more opportunity. Good Luck.
I say dont discourage the people coming to the area. It is obvious that they dont want fresh meat(grads) in the positions at the area hospitals, wouldnt it be nice to have some experienced RNs to fill those slots that are open at your hospitals?
I also dont think it is unreasonable. My first year out of nursing school making $25-28/hr I made $101k. If you take the call and get the overtime then you can easily do it. All of the jobs I looked at in the OR up in Oregon paid up to the $40/hr range for your years of experience(with CVOR experience). I ultimately have chosen to go with moving to Vail, CO this year but will likely move up to the PNW next year, either Seattle or Portland. I would say the job market looks fair in both markets, a little better in Seattle.
Supposedly Colorado is a hard area to relocate to also, I inquired at the hospital there and was interviewed by HR, Surgery Staff and the director of OR BEFORE I put in an application. I had to put in an application finally so that they could make me an offer for the position.
I will also say this. As a hiring manager in OR it is easy for me to interview someone and tell immediately if they are worth your time to oreint/retrain and get on the staff.... VERY hard to make the choice.... If you are desperate for a hunk of meat then fine, just pick one. If you want a really good staff pick then you need to take your time and weed out everyone. The prior coments go for hiring new grads for a periop program and experienced RNs. People that are not in management have a hard time relating to this and alot of things that go along with getting out of the normal nursing box of patient care. There are dollars and sense that have to go into making the decision to hire someone/train someone/orient someone new. I personally got out of management after 3 years of it because I was tired of the BS from CNOs at hospitals and tired of the retarted childish stuff that staff/children do in the workplace that I was ultimately responsible for. I would rather do 3 CABGs in a day than deal with a bunch of kids all day.