Moving to Northwest Oregon - page 4

by scaredtorelocate 5,596 Views | 34 Comments

Hi all! My husband is in the military and we have gotten notice that we are being transferred to Northwest Oregon (Astoria area) and I am wondering if anyone knows what the job market is like up there? I am a new grad with no RN... Read More


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    Quote from YankeeHater
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    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.
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    Quote from B4RN
    Like I mentioned in my post........my friend works for Providence and she was hired as a new grad just recently for nights and makes almost 100G a year.
    She was NOT an LPN before getting her RN. She applied right before graduation and phoned the HR office every Monday am to be a pest. Well, they finally got sick of her calling and asked her to come in for an interview and she got the job.
    I'll have to call baloney sandwich on that one. A very good friend of mine, and retired PA, has been recruiting in the Pacific Northwest medical arena for several years now and knows all the players. I ran this testimonial by him and he laughed. He said it doesn't make sense on many fronts. First, a hospital in the PNW can pick up an experienced RN for less than that. Second, clearing that salary with the hospital administration given the 'no experience' just wouldn't happen. And third, there would be hell to pay with the other experienced nurses knowing a rookie was hired at that salary when they have friends with experience still looking. Is it entirely impossible? Perhaps not. Let's just say they not only won the Powerball, but also had diner with the Pope and slept in Lincoln's bedroom at the White House. In short, extremely rare (if true) and certainly nothing near the norm.
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    I am really surprised at all of the negativity on this thread. I have worked at the hospital in Astoria for 3 years and was hired as a new grad. Within the last two months we hired 2 new grads and 2 others with a couple years experience in SNF. Two of those nurses are ADNs and two are BSNs. We are a union hospital and don't "eat our young". We have a pretty darn good attitude when we have the opportunity to mold new nurses into productive and intelligent members of the team. There are difficulties finding jobs in any career at this time in our country, not just nursing. I do agree with those advocating for the dialysis nurse positions. There is a unit in Astoria, one in Ocean Beach, Washington (just over the bridge, a 15 min drive) and a unit in Longview Washington which is about an hour drive. The companies put you through all of the necessary training and they don't do a lot of advertising but do need nurses. If that doesn't interest you try the hospitals.

    Let's lighten up a little, it's not all doom and gloom out there.
    Cassalyn, tatarn2b2007, and lindarn like this.
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    With no experience and small community hospitals it may take a while to land a job. Good thing your an MA, I would focus on trying to land a job as an MA.
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    The 100k a year for a night nurse in ICU is certainly plausible with night and weekend differential. If you average 39.00 an hour with differential. You would have to work 50 hours a week in order to gross 101,400.00. I just landed a job for providence and I am going to get paid very well. Of course a new grad could not make that just working 36 hours a week. But thise type of jobs are few... I consider myself blessed.
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