Moving to Portland--3 years ED...discouraged


Hello everyone,

My family is planning to relocate to Portland at the end of the year. I'm getting discouraged looking at the job market! I started in the ER as a new grad and have been there going on 3 years. I'm ACLS, TNCC and PALS certified. I also have a BSN (and BA in journalism and communication studies).

How do I establish a network when I'm over 1,000 miles away? I would really like to stay in ER (or go to ICU).

With my credentials, is the job market for RNs as tough as it seems? I've never done travel nursing, but if I started with a travel company--could I stay in Portland or would you be required to travel further?

Any input is appreciated.

Specializes in Pediatrics.

I think 3 yrs experience plus the BSN you have a good shot of getting hired at any of the Portland area hospitals.

The job market is tight in Portland for new grads and those without a BSN.


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Specializes in Family practice, emergency. Has 10 years experience.

I just sent you a pm..


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Specializes in ICU. Has 6 years experience.

I agree with LoveMyBugs!! I think you'll have a fairly easy time finding a job with the experience you have!


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I'm so glad I posted this! I felt like everyone I talked to made moving to Portland sound like an awful idea (people from Portland). I think some want to keep Portland to themselves. Selfish. Lol. :-)


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Has 4 years experience.

Hi there, I had a hard time finding a job in a cardiac unit when I moved here. But I had a few offers after a year. When I am searching for jobs there are many opportunities for ER and ICU paid internships in big hospitals and small community hospitals. I think, job market would be positive for you here.