We have Four hospitals here, two level 3 trauma.
I lived and worked in Spokane for a few years. I worked at Deaconess and Valley hospitals. There are 2 level 2 hospitals. Deaconess and Sacred Heart rotate the Trauma hospital designation every week. So, only one hospital in town is a level 2 at any one time. The other three then become level 3.
About 2 years ago, the group that owns Deaconess and Valley hospitals did an across the board pay cut of 9%. Neither was union at that time so they were able to do it. The pay is still not up to the level it was 2 years ago. New grads at either of those two can expect around 19-20 dollars an hour.
Sacred Heart just recently laid of ~80 LPN's as a cost saver. Of course they were not replaced, so RN's had to pick up extra duties with the LPN's gone.
Holy Family hospital just remodeled their ER, so they have money, just not for the staff.
There is also a VA hospital in Spokane that might be worth looking into.
The cost of housing in Spokane is reasonable, as long as you don't mind a short commute to work. The prices in Spokane Valley are rising on a daily baisis.
The town of Spokane has a lot to offer. Concerts, restaurants, lots of parks, a river, a bike/walking trail.
I left there and went into government nursing, so I am now in Montana.
I would avoid Seattle like the plague. But that is my personal opinion only. I always liked to visit, it is only a 5 hour drive from Spokane. But you could not pay me enough to live there now. I spent to much time in the bay area and san diego dealing with crowds everywhere I went to put up with it anymore.
Look at http://www.realtor.com/Default.asp?poe=realtor
to get an idea of what the housing prices are.