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Job outlook for experienced ADN

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by Lisa123456789 Lisa123456789 (New) New

Hi, I'm considering a move to the Seattle area and was wondering how the job outlook is for experienced RNs, but no BSN. I'll have 5 years of ICU experience, as well as some Lpn experience. Also, what are some good neighborhoods for family with lower cost of living in the surrounding area? We have been to visit a few times and love Mt. Rainier. Thanks for any advice!

It is easier to get hired as an ADN if you are in the south sound area or to the north, which are also the less expensive areas to live in, but even then a lot of the hospitals are going for Magnet status so they will require you get your BSN within 5 years.

tokmom, BSN, RN

Specializes in Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff. Has 30 years experience.

Franciscan health services in the south sound will hire ADN nurses. They, at this time, are not making any move toward BSN only. Are you thinking Seattle proper, or the north or south sound?

Probably north or south, but good schools for our son is what will mainly dictate our location. And cost of housing. Coming from Arkansas, you can imagine the sticker shock !

tokmom, BSN, RN

Specializes in Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff. Has 30 years experience.

Yes, I'm sure it will be a sticker shock. The rate of pay is a bit higher than ARK. I really think it's all relevant though. You can check out the wages by googling different Washington unions.

Typically the south sound is cheaper than the north, unless you go really north, Bellingham, etc.. There are some very good hospitals and schools in the south sound. Our hospital is always hiring and doesn't require BSN. :)