Quote from Kim2
How is the job market in spokane area for RN's/NP's? Where is a good place to work? Cost of living? Pay rate for experienced RN's?
As someone who has lived in Spokane for 15 years, the job market in Spokane is terrible! There are 3 schools of nursing here, (Spokane Community College- ADN and LPN, and 2 BSN programs- Gonzaga and ICNE). There is no respect for nurses here and the pay for nurses has not increased in years.
Sacred Heart, the largest, has been organized with the Washington State Nurses Association, and they are worse than worthless. In the midst of a nursing shortage, the nurses are MAYBE getting a 5 % raise. The contract expired in December and nothing has been settled. Sacred Heart wants to increase medical costs by 50 % and the nurses would more than lose the 5% raise the hospital is offered. The kicker is that 2 years ago the techs, aides, secretaries, etc. organized with 1199 and received SEATTLE/TACOMA AREA WAGES AND INCREASE THEIR PAY BY 20 %!!! The hospital also wants MANDATORY OT FOR SOME AREAS!! I'm trying to figure out how they are planning that since Washington outlawed Mandatory OT 2 years ago. The nurses and WSNA are so stupid they are probably going to allow it. The nurses here in Spokane are the worst of the worst interms of standing up to management, they are very weak and easliy pushed around and intiminidated by management and administration. It is not hard to do.
I grew up in New York and lived in California. The New York State Nurses Association and CNA are the best of the best. NYSNA has EMPLOYER PAYED MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR ALL NURSES AND DEPENDANTS IN THEIR CONTRACTS- IT IS NON- NEGOTIABLE!! Compare that to WSNA.
The cost of living here isn't as high as Seattle and there are not alot of high paying jobs.The techs are now making Seattle area wages! Go figure. Deaconess has not unionized and they took something like a 9 % PAY CUT LAST YEAR AND INCREASES IN THEIR MEDICAL BENIFITS because the hospital was having financial trouble!!!! Valley Hospital unionized with 1199, and Holy Family is unionized with WSNA. They have had mandatory OT for years. They only one contract ago voted it out.
The younger nurses all left and went to work at Sacred Heart and the few agencies in town, where the pay is terrible. Many have left for Seattlem Tacoma, Olympia, and California. They ahve nothing to lose. The older nurses are stuck.
Anyway, pay rates here are about $35/hr for experienced RN's at Sacred Heart. They are much less at Deaconess. I don't know about NP's. They are not making much more than other nurses with Masters' degrees. I remember talking to some who worked with MD practices. I was shocked that their pay wasn't much more than I would be making if I was working 40 hrs a week (I worked 2- 12 hr shifts). They took call, and as far as I could see, they were the scut monkeys that the interns used to be. I don't know how many are working as independant practitioners. I don't think many are. Spokane is in the Twilight Zone, and their attitude is a rather red neck mentality. Women are 2nd class citizens. I don't think that they are well received as primary care practitioners. That is why most are working within a medical practice. To make a living.
Anyway, I don't know where you live know, but nursing is not the best here and not likely to get better anytime soon. The hospitals are abusive towards their staff and the nurses take it. You decide for yourself. Don't say that I didn't tell you so.