I live in Richland, WA. There are three hospitals in the area, but the market is really tight here. The opportunities for externships and internships are very limited/nonexistent. I thought I would have an advantage because I am willing to relocate, but that doesn't seem to be of any help. I was aware of the market being bad, but didn't anticipate this much trouble.
I was originally going to go to law school after I graduated with my English degree, but the economy tanked and everyone went back to school. 3 months after graduation, my father became ill, was diagnosed with cancer, and passed away 5 days later. This event prompted me to look at going to nursing school
and I started my prerequisites a week later. I loved nursing school. It was tough, but worth the time and hard work. I temporarily moved to complete my Senior Practicum in Seattle at Harborview Medical Center's Trauma/Surgical ICU (265 miles from where I live). My experience there was fantastic! I would love to work there, but I think it's time for me to experience living in a totally new location. Most of my work experience has been customer service and legal.
Have you looked into Seattle Children's Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, or Swedish in Seattle?
Thanks for chatting with me!