Salem/Eugene, Oregon

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    Hello,
    would like input from anyone who has experience nursing in those towns, ie. good hospitals to work for, patient ratios, etc.

    Currently in Florida and seriously thinking about moving to either town within the next year. I have 1 year med/surg experience and am looking into tele right now. We moved to florida 6 months ago from the Northwest and just not liking it. We are more into the fishing, hiking, camping life-style and prefer a more 4-season climate.

    Anyway, any input would be great!

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    Lived in Eugene, OR for a year, wasn't for me. Sacred Heart Medical Center was GREAT and they're building a BRAND new hospital from the ground up that should open after this summer. If you love the outdoors and the "nature" lifestyle then this would be a great fit for you. Eugene is a medium size town that is close to everything: ocean, forest, ski, and Portland. If I had to choose between the 2 I would def pick Eugene and I had a blast with everyone on the surgical floor there.
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    You'd probably get more replies if you post under the Region tab rather than Forums. All the states are individually listed.
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    Moved to Oregon Nurses forum.

    Salem Hospital has a great reputation, and their nurse salaries are among the highest in the Willamette Valley. If I had to choose between living in Salem or Eugene, though, I'd pick Eugene, as the city is generally cleaner, and there are more hospitals to choose from. (Salem has a terrible problem with gangs and drugs, especially meth, plus there's the state mental hospital and a prison right in the middle of town. I worked in the city for over a year and always felt insecure driving through there.) Eugene also has its issues, but it's home to some of the state's finest arts and entertainment, is environmentally friendly, and takes pride in being educated and progressive. Nice town.

    Good luck to you in whatever you decide to do.
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    Moved to Oregon Nurses forum.

    Salem Hospital has a great reputation, and their nurse salaries are among the highest in the Willamette Valley. If I had to choose between living in Salem or Eugene, though, I'd pick Eugene, as the city is generally cleaner, and there are more hospitals to choose from. (Salem has a terrible problem with gangs and drugs, especially meth, plus there's the state mental hospital and a prison right in the middle of town. I worked in the city for over a year and always felt insecure driving through there.) Eugene also has its issues, but it's home to some of the state's finest arts and entertainment, is environmentally friendly, and takes pride in being educated and progressive. Nice town.

    Good luck to you in whatever you decide to do.
    Salem Hospital with a "great reputation?" As a nurse and a former patient there I would seriously disagree with you! Salem Hospital is currently undergoing a mass exodus of staff due to management issues. The reason there pay is higher is because the cannot keep competent. I would look at Silverton Hosptial or Santiam if you choose the Salem area. As for Eugene if you are into the hippy drug culture that is the capital as far as I am concerned just one trip the the yearly "Country Fair" will explain what I mean. Gangs in Salem are no worse than anywhere else in the country. Meth is and always will be a problem anywhere you go but it is slowing down. Sacred Heart in Eugene is a nice facility and I have been impressed with their nurses. There is also McKenzie Willamette in Springfield. If you want somewhere inbetween try Lebanon, Albany or Corvallis. They are all owned by Samaratin Health services.
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    Anyone know if Salem Hospital takes many new graduates? The job market is saturated where I live, and I was planning to move back to Oregon in a couple of years anyway, so I'm looking at possibly doing it sooner--but I want to make sure I move somewhere where a job is basically a sure thing.
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    Go to the Salem Hospital website, they have new grad RN program. They focus on transitioning from student to RN. Last time I checked they had some openings in the summer for new grads. Good luck! The pay starts out at 28.00 per hour.
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    Quote from grannyNan
    As for Eugene if you are into the hippy drug culture that is the capital as far as I am concerned just one trip the the yearly "Country Fair" will explain what I mean.
    Actually, the Oregon Country Fair is a world-class event, and is drug and alcohol free. It is about art in various forms, and as a nonprofit organization, has a philanthropic mission. It does not occur in Eugene, but actually west of Eugene, in a town called Veneta.

    http://www.oregoncountryfair.org/index.php

    Eugene is a left-leaning college town, but if you're more to the conservative side, its sister city across the river, Springfield, a blue collar town, has more of a conservative slant.

    There are two hospitals in the area, Sacred Heart Medical Center, and McKenzie Willamette hospital.

    Sacred Heart is owned by PeaceHealth, which is run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. They are building a new hospital that is slated to open in August of 2008:

    http://www.peacehealth.org/

    McKenzie Willamette is owned by Community Health Systems. They are in the process of finding a site for their new hospital:

    http://www.chs.net/
    Last edit by Virgo_RN on Apr 2, '08
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    Quote from grannyNan
    Salem Hospital with a "great reputation?" As a nurse and a former patient there I would seriously disagree with you! Salem Hospital is currently undergoing a mass exodus of staff due to management issues. The reason there pay is higher is because the cannot keep competent. I would look at Silverton Hosptial or Santiam if you choose the Salem area. As for Eugene if you are into the hippy drug culture that is the capital as far as I am concerned just one trip the the yearly "Country Fair" will explain what I mean. Gangs in Salem are no worse than anywhere else in the country. Meth is and always will be a problem anywhere you go but it is slowing down. Sacred Heart in Eugene is a nice facility and I have been impressed with their nurses. There is also McKenzie Willamette in Springfield. If you want somewhere inbetween try Lebanon, Albany or Corvallis. They are all owned by Samaratin Health services.
    I would strongly suspect you are right about the staffing problems. A nsg student I work with just got hired at this hospital. She is in CO and got hired after only doing a phone interview. She is all gung ho about moving there and her and her fiance' are already making offers on houses.

    I told her she should wait and make sure the job works out first......in my experience the only hospitals who hire nurses, esp new grads that fast are the ones who are desperate and their are usually reasons behind that.
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    I am a current employee of Salem Hospital, hired as a new grad last year. I work at the Family Birth Center and absolutely love it. I would agree that they are short staffed but I think that they are just suffering from the general nursing shortage that most parts of the country are suffering from. There are only two nursing schools close to Salem, both ADN programs, and not many large towns to recruit nurses from. On the other hand, Portland has five BSN programs and at least three ADN programs that I can think of to pull from, plus a much larger population and many surrounding towns to recruit RNs from. I was working at St. Vincent's in Beaverton, a suberb of Portland, and nurses were getting called off at least once a pay period because of over staffing and budget issues. If you are interesting in making a lot of money and picking up extra shifts, then Salem is the place to go. I can pick up as many shifts as I want and get paid time&half plus 20% for each shift. I would rather have the opportunity to make more money, but not be required, than be called off twice a month from my regularly scheduled shift. There's my 2 cents!


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