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OR vs WA

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Hi!

Trying to decide which state would be best to move to. I am a NICU RN, have worked in CA and TX and looking for a change. Which would be better, in your opinion? OR or WA?

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Better in what way? This is a really difficult question to answer. Are you wanting city, small town, rural, coastal, plains, mountains? Mild winters and mild summers, or snow in winters and hot? Rain or snow?

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I should have clarified, thank you. I guess the nursing scene, pay, patient to nurse ratio, benefits, etc. But knowing about the weather would help too! Mild winters and mild summers would be perfect. Thank you!

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Mild weather, stick near the coast. As soon as you go more than 10 miles inland, it becomes much more extreme in the weather.

I can't speak for Washington, but for Oregon you can look at the union contracts at various facilities, including their pay scales.

Labor Department - Oregon Nurses Association

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Oregon has income tax, Washington has sales tax. Some people live in Vancouver Wa and shop in Portland OR to circumvent this.

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