I know that it seems that all of you have your hearts set on Seattle/Tacoma,a large metropolitan area. However, if you move your sights to the east, Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho (about 30 miles east of Spokane off of I-90), also offers new grad residencies.
They have also offered me an ICU refresher course, which I will be starting in the near future.
The nurse recruiter there is Julie Pickup (208) 666-2050.
The other nurse recruiter is Jim Hansen, MSN,RN- BC Supervisor, New Graduate and student services at KMC
(208) 666-3375- office
(208)- 215-0290- cell
KMC is a magnet facility. The pay is not bad, because all of the new grads in N Idaho would just come over to work in Spokane, which has unionized hospitals, better pay and benefits.
Eastern washington also has a much lower cost of living than Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia. The crime rate here is also alot lower than Western WA, California, etc. PM me if you want more information. Hope that helps!
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
Somewhere in the PACNW