New grad...what are my job outlooks for central WA?

  1. I graduate from my ADN program in a few weeks, and will be taking my NCLEX-RN as soon as humanly possible after that. I'm also delving right into an RN-to-BSN track this next semester. My program is in Idaho, but I am applying for my initial license in Washington (why are they not a compact state?).

    So my question is, what can I expect as far as job outlook goes? To clarify, I will be living in Yakima and realistically am willing to drive 30 minutes each way to work. Looking on the hospital websites, the RN jobs seem to be fairly scant. Ideally, I would like to start out on a surgical or intermediate-care floor, but am open to nearly any position in a hospital setting. My ultimate goal is flight transport and/or ICU.

    Would love all the feedback possible about finding jobs in the Yakim area.

    Here are, what I believe, are my qualifications:
    • BLS, ACLS current
    • Advanced EMT, working for an ILS service for the past 14 months
    • CNA since 2005. Experience in LTC, assisted living, and hospitals
    • Emergency Department tech in a Level II trauma center for just under 5 years; tech in another regional ED for 3 years. Each has an average patient census of >100 pts/day.
    • Phlebotomy experience
    • Leadership
      • Vice president for school chapter of NSNA
      • Director at large for state chapter of NSNA
    • High proficiency with computers (previously managed a computer shop)
      • Proficient with Centricity, T-System EV, AllScripts (HMED), and Meditech

    Also, what bits of this should I be putting into a resume? Anything I may have left out?

    Thank you in advance for any advice!
    Last edit by freki on Dec 5, '12 : Reason: Added "qualifications"
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  3. by   a2012
    I grew up in the Yakima Valley,so I know for a fact they are always needing medical professionals. The area is mostly Hispanic,so Spanish is a plus. Go to Worksource,craigslist, Maybe you need to go in person or talk to the HR department at each company you are interested in applying to. I hope this has helped and good luck!
  4. by   NurseVoldemort
    I worked at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital as my first job and I loved it. I now live in NY and wish I could be back at Memorial, it was a great place to work which is why they don't always have postings; people don't leave there! I would keep an ear out for that hospital but in the mean time obviously you need to work. Yakima Regional isn't bad, then there's a few small hospitals; an Indian Hospital I believe is in Wapato, a small hospital in Toppenish, and another in Ellensburg (but this requires going over the pass in the winter...). Good luck!