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  1. by   anticoagulationurse
    Quote from sunlovin35
    hi there was wondering if u could give me an idea of the job opportunities in bellingham. I am a RN with 9+ years in acute hospital setting experience. Could u give me an idea of the salary in ur area and job openings. Also what is the patient staff ratios and job satisfaction. I was also interested in the real estate property costs and cost of living. Thanks

    Hi I live in Bellingham (well recently moved 10 min north to Ferndale - but B'ham is my homesweethome), although Ferndale is great too, little small for me but cheaper than buying a house in B'ham.

    You should go to www.peacehealth.org and search the Whatcom County job postings. I think the RN wage range is $23.25 - 40.97 hourly. FYI - I have heard that peacehealth (who I do work for as an LPN) will only grant credit for HALF of your years of RN experience when it has not been earned at peacehealth. So, you might think if one is an RN with 25 years exp in OB/L&D to start at the top of the range. I doubt it.

    BUt St.Joe's is a great hospital (on of top 100 in the US) with state of the art cardiac unit and is not for profit. I love working for them. Bellingham's mantra - "the city of subdued excitement" is so true. Cost of living is terrible though, but I have to say worth it. I got a 3.5% COL pay increase when real estate prices went up 18% EACH YEAR here over the last 2 years. Not to mention gas prices here are the highest in the state for some weird reason, even though the 2 major oil refineries are here in Whatcom county. Wish I could drive up and fill up direct form BP or Arco!!! So anyway. Even though you get less in pocket it is a great place to work and live. Just wish I could afford to get out on the town! Hahah.
  2. by   anticoagulationurse
    Aside form my town, I also think North Bend and Issaquah are absolutely gorgeous. Washington sure is beautiful! I simply cannot imagine living in Kansas or somewhere (sorry KS!) where there's no ocean, bay, mountains, etc. I am so thankful.
  3. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from anticoagulationurse
    Aside form my town, I also think North Bend and Issaquah are absolutely gorgeous. Washington sure is beautiful! I simply cannot imagine living in Kansas or somewhere (sorry KS!) where there's no ocean, bay, mountains, etc. I am so thankful.
    OMG! When we moved from Texas [the Hill Country area around Austin is beautiful!] to Olympia, WA we drove through Kansas and that place is uglier than West Texas, LOL!

    Susan & I love the South Puget South area.
  4. by   mistyval
    I'd vote for Anacortes...a small, charming community surrounded by water, lakes, and forest on Fidalgo island, and right on the ferry point to the San Juan islands and Victoria, BC. Not to mention 10 minutes from Deception Pass. I just couldn't believe how safe and wonderful that town was, despite the lack of amenities in the immediate area. 45 minutes to Bellingham, 20 to Mount Vernon. I love it there.
  5. by   tencat
    Oh, these places are beautiful but ugh! RAIN, RAIN, RAIN.....I about went nuts the year and a half I lived in Seattle. I vote for Spokane! A little on the conservative side, but MUCH better weather!
  6. by   lindarn
    Quote from tencat
    Oh, these places are beautiful but ugh! RAIN, RAIN, RAIN.....I about went nuts the year and a half I lived in Seattle. I vote for Spokane! A little on the conservative side, but MUCH better weather!
    And VERY LOW PAYING, AND ANTI-NURSE. There are three schools of nursing here, and no nursing shortage. Nurses are paid, and treated as such. I would recommend the Tri Cities area of Washington over Spokane in a heartbeat. They have built up the medical community, to accomadate a growing population, and offer higher pay, and much better benefits that Spokane. The colleges all have branch campuses there, as well. And the weather there is warmer in the winter that Spokane.

    Conservative is an understatement.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
  7. by   mistyval
    Quote from tencat
    Oh, these places are beautiful but ugh! RAIN, RAIN, RAIN.....I about went nuts the year and a half I lived in Seattle. I vote for Spokane! A little on the conservative side, but MUCH better weather!
    Isn't the rain kind of worth it to have all of the nice greenery the whole year?

    I have my questions about Spokane after the conservative, anti-gay mayor was busted for abusing city resources via gay sex chat websites. Hypocrisy, maybe?
  8. by   lindarn
    Quote from mistyval
    Isn't the rain kind of worth it to have all of the nice greenery the whole year?

    I have my questions about Spokane after the conservative, anti-gay mayor was busted for abusing city resources via gay sex chat websites. Hypocrisy, maybe?
    The ex mayor just passed away last week of colon cancer. They had a memorial service for him on Friday. It was really kind of sad the way he spent his last few months with that scandal over his head. He really did alot of good things for the city, before he screwed up.


    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
  9. by   mistyval
    Quote from lindarn
    The ex mayor just passed away last week of colon cancer. They had a memorial service for him on Friday. It was really kind of sad the way he spent his last few months with that scandal over his head. He really did alot of good things for the city, before he screwed up.
    Wow, I didn't know that. It really shouldn't have mattered, his orientation or interests or anything. But promising government jobs, especially for things like that, is too much scandal to overcome.

    I didn't personally like Spokane much at all...kind of the way I didn't like Walla Walla, Yakima or Pasco, but I really enjoyed my time in Northern Idaho....Coeur D'Alene, specifically.
  10. by   anticoagulationurse
    Quote from tencat
    Oh, these places are beautiful but ugh! RAIN, RAIN, RAIN.....I about went nuts the year and a half I lived in Seattle. I vote for Spokane! A little on the conservative side, but MUCH better weather!
    http://www.bestplaces.net/
    Above is a link to all the stats on a place you'd want to know. I was surprised by this... Seattle has 153 rainy days annually and 152 sunny days. This compared to the US average which is 112 rainy and 205 sunny days annually. I would have thought we had more rain here than that! Seriously, woulda thought it was more of a disparity. Now, keep in mind, not all those rainy days are RAIN RAIN RAIN, I think lots of them are just drizzle drizzle drizzle.
  11. by   777RNThatsMe
    oK CHIMING IN.... I flippin' hate spokane. I lived there for 10 long years... and when I first arrived from KS (via growing up in San Diego) I thought...gee what a nice place w/pine trees etc. But let me tell ya... it aint' so great. PPl were not friendly.... ppl were uneducated ...etc. They were very unfriendly to a stranger from Ca basically... I finally got used to it after about 3 years... well then had to move to nursing school to central WA...and guess what I have hated every minute..but am finally getting used to the scenery..it's just too small. I am having a VERY hard time finding a day shift as a new grad...here in the pac nw. CA?? JUMPIN' for me. Yet I can't move yet and the jobs mostly start in Feb. No money to move. Been livin' in WA where they don't pay doodle. The starting wage for new RNs is bad. But..... regardless of where you live it seems to even out in any state wage versus cost... so far anyway. I applied for some jobs in spokane it was dismal for nursing...recently. Not many fulltime and not many jobs days at all. And they aren't friendly either. In fact you don't get so much as a no thank you. Apply in cali..they call you within 24 hours practically begging you to come in. Here in central wa....banging on doors all the time..follow up calls...2 weeks still no job. I have a second interview dame place, same mgr..for a possible PER DIEm shift...sigh. Hey I'll take what I can get here.

    My point is it seems all of the pac nw is not a good place for beginning RNs. Not from what I can tell.

    And yeah.... it's lovely over on the west side... I went there ONCE to olympia area...it was lovely that was 5 years ago. Would like to see more....I love the lush greenery but when I was a kid my parents visited someone in I think it was bellingham..and man it rained three weeks STRAIGHT in the summer. I was a miserable kid then let me tell ya!!! I cant imagine living in the rain that much....but oh...what lovely greenery!!! Too bad ya can't have sun and green at the same time!!!!

    Right now..any day shift good job would be nice. But I'll never go back to spokane...never.I'm tired of that place and the snow.

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