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by CatRN13 CatRN13 (New Member) New Member Student

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I still have a year left of nursing school but I am deciding where I want to move after graduation. I am considering moving to Portland, Oregon and was wondering what the job market is like for a new grad. I will be moving from the midwest from an accredited BSN program. If anyone has any experience with this just let me know! 

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verene specializes in mental health / psychiatic nursing.

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It can be competitive for a new grad as there are several nursing schools in Portland area (OHSU, UP, Lindfield, Concordia, Walla Walla, and George Fox all have local BSN programs,) that churn out many graduates. 

That being said, there are also many hospitals in the area - OHSU, Providence, Legacy,  Adventist, & Kaiser, which offer residency programs, as well smaller hospitals and/or specialty hospitals (e.g. VA, Unity).  Additionally a number of opportunities exist for new graduates outside the hospital setting.

If you are dead-set on a highly competitive acute-care specialty (e.g ICU or L&D) it may be difficult to find a job. If however, you are open to different specialties/settings and/or open to working outside of Portland proper, it is very much possible to find employment as a new graduate.

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I agree! I am a new nurse but with five years of community health experience mostly in clinics and have been denied multiple times in the Portland, Oregon area. I revamped my resume in hopes that would help. I am not applying to ICU or ED jobs its positions such as Med Surg or Orthopedics etc. I have recently been offered a job in a clinic setting but dont want to loose the hospital skills or experience. Any advice out there? Ive applied outside portland oregon area, as far as salem, Lincoln City, and Mt Hood River. Maybe the processing time takes a while...

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