Oh yes, I was born in Seattle General Hospital back when it was located in downtown Seattle ages and ages ago. I am a native also. Yes, it's too bad that Seattle gets a bad rap about it's weather. Deservedly so. You'd love it if you were a mushroom, or if you own galoshes.
Oh yeah, it's a hip, happening place, but it's been "loved to death" since Money magazine listed it as the "best place to live" in the early eighties. Hordes of people from everywhere else flooded in, making the city more cosmopolitan, but also much more crowded. The locals watched in astonishment as people from elsewhere bought was was always thought of as "worthless lots" on steep embankments in order to build homes. Suburban crowding became the rule, and subsequent traffic got worse and worse to the point that some say it is worse than LA. The reason why it suffers such bottlenecks is that large large bodies of water (Puget Sound, Lake Washington, Lake Union and Lake Sammamish) prohibit the construction of a mesh of highways like they have in LA. The rule used to be that you had to leave downtown Seattle by 3 to avoid getting stuck in traffic, but I think it's much earlier than that now. It's simply hard to avoid bad traffic, it's just the rule these days.
There are *many* community colleges with nursing programs in the Seattle area also. Just off the top of my head let me list:
Seattle Central community college, Highline CC, North Seattle CC, Shoreline CC, Everett CC, Lake Washington Vocational/technical (for LPN), Bellevue CC, then the Universities, Seattle U., U of W, Pacific Lutheran U, and a christian college in Kirkland, which the name escapes me just now. That's a bunch of fresh grads on a regular basis.
I moved south and east for the weather. I get approximately 90 days more of sunshine than I did in Seattle, per year now. Oh yes, we get baked for about 10 days in the summer time, but I tell you, when I drive home in the afternoon to see my sweet tame deer and their little spotted fawns lying down in the shade of the trees in my yard, and smell my fresh laundry which has been drying on the clothesline, I tell myself, Life is good.
Oh yes, you can enjoy living in Seattle. I used to like it. I left when I got the chance. Your mileage may vary. Just check it out and see if you like it in the rainy season before you make a commitment to accept a job and live there.