I am sorry to say, that Spokane, is not the place you want to live. Nurses are treated worse than you can imagine. Even though Washington is NOT a, "right to work for less", state, we are too close to Idaho to not be "stained", by the stench.
The hospitals do not treat their employees well, it is a low paying, employment black hole. There are not alot of jobs in Spokane or Eastern Washington, and the employers
treat you like an unimportant, easily replaced, widgets. There are too many nursing schools in Spokane and Eastern Washington, so there has never been a nursing shortage in Spokane or Eastern Washington. And therefore, there is no reason to treat them well.
You would be much better off going to Tri Cities (Pasco, Kennewick, or Richland", to get a job. The hospitals in Kennewick periodically recruit for nurses in Spokane, by offering them hotel rooms to stay in if they want to work a block of days and then go back to Spokane, etc, and the pay and benefits are better, and they are treated better.
I think that they are represented by WSNA, which in my experience, are about as useful as tits on a bull. But some union representation is better than nothing. WSNA represents nurses at hospitals in Spokane, but Deaconess nurses voted out SEIU, after refusing to unionze for YEARS. They were taken over by a for profit corporation, "Community Health", from the South, and it shows. The other departments had the sense to unionize, and stay unionized, but the nurses are a bunch of martyr marys.
Be forewarned, stay away from Spokane!!
JMHO and my NY $0.02.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
Somewhere in the PACNW