How Interesting . . .
I am from Portland, looking to relocate somewhere warmer or just new (Houston or NY). Yes, there is a hiring freeze at OHSU, however, I am unsure of the one you're interested in; the best way to find out is to call the unit of your interest, and speak directly with the manager, or indirectly HR. I like to use the direct route, since there are more things you can find out about, i.e. the unit and management if you speak directly w/ the manager.
As far as the weather . . . hmm. I was laughing when I read your note. . . . the NW is truly beautiful, however the winter or rainy season, starts in November and ends at the end of May in a good year, or end of June on a bad year. In the last two years, we've been having Indian Summers which are just the most splendid . . . comfortable temperature with the fall colors, mountains, sea and so much outdoor activities to do. Also, the month of Jan was very cold, dry and clear, with little rain, but once Feb. came it made up for the no rain in Jan. . . . . LOL (not a dry day in all the 28 days) You have to enjoy the outdoors (and be very comfortable with rain) to enjoy the NW winter/spring season.
I hope this helps.
I am currently in Houston, and not too crazy about the dusty air even now in Feb. Lived in the Rio Grande Valley for one year (volunteering) and am familiar w/ the hot summers. I am more concerned about culture, dance, yoga, and artistic growth.
Portland is great for yoga, and dance is good (depending on what you like). Good salsa lounges/clubs and I hear tango as well; several good dance studios; one I can recommend is Satin & Latin Dance Studio with Ramos R., a certified ballroom instructors that i've been working with. There is also the Ballroom Dance Company, with Sunny being the owner and one of the instructors. Never been or taken lessons from there.
You are welcome to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd like to ask you about starting salary here in TX;
OR salary is mid 30's. I have always worked as a "resource RN" and my salary is 40's more or less depending on the shift/day of the week.