Armywife. Salem isn't that far really. Well...............kinda far from where we are at now. We live on the coast. Originally from the Portland area but moved out here so that I could go to nursing school.
There still is a shortage, it is just not so bad in Oregon. On the Providence website there are TONS of jobs in Seattle, Olympia and Everette area. I think there are like 5 or more jobs there for every 1 here in OR. I think too they are on a hiring freeze right now. At least that is what I heard from someone I know who works in L&D for Providence.
Don't be discouraged though. Still shot for the starts and continue with your dream of becoming a nurse. Nurses will always be needed. Nursing and teaching are the two careers that are thriving in the economy right now. Oregon just really sucks for the job market as a whole, not just for nurses. We are ranked the 44th WORST state for employment right now.
I do plan on getting my BSN. I want to work while I obtain my BSN. I am almost 30, married for almost 2 years and I want to start a family while I am still young. I am the nurse who wants it all
And you are not JUST a CNA. Remember that. You are a friend, someone to talk to, a therapist, a shoulder to cry on, I can go on and on and on. Always remember you are not JUST a CNA. You are a valued member of the health care team.