[FONT="Century Gothic"]OK, I have to ask...where are these positions you speak of? I am currently hunting in that area (Eugene/Springfield) and there certainly aren't 120 positions for just nurses. Are you including all of PeaceHealth, which is also located in Alaska and Washington (not to mention a few other places around this state)?
I am not trying to argue, I really want to know where you're getting this information. I know that if you have a year or more of experience you do quite a bit better, but as a new (or practically new) nurse you're up the you-know-what creek...
On another note...I worked at PeaceHealth for seven years as a hospital phlebotomist at OML (now PeaceHealth Laboratories). I made a lot of positive relationships with nurses, charge nurses, and department heads. Toward the end of my educational sentence (I worked full time too, so it really wasn't fun), I started looking for a nursing position (around April 2009). I couldn't get my foot in a single door. I had letters of recommendation from a neonatal doctor (who is also in charge of the PeaceHealth hospital pharmacy), a per diem house charge nurse/LCC instructor, another well known and respected LCC instructor, and I could have given them 20 references from almost every department in the hospital. It didn't matter one bit. There simply weren't any positions. I ended up having to go into a LTC facility.
When I contacted HR again about a month ago, I was told (verbatim), "the job market is worse off than before when you were looking." I have another tab open in my web browser right now (Friday 1/22/10 @ 12:12 AM) and there are 31 total jobs listed in the Eugene/Springfield area for nursing, and that includes listings for CNA's and LPN's (so the number of RN positions is actually much lower than that).
So as you can see, I have a bit of data that suggests that the local Eugene/Springfield market is a little less than optimal. Again, I can't stress this enough...I am just this side of desperately looking for a job, so please...please
prove me wrong