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The Beautiful, Beautiful Pacific Northwest

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I went back to college for one reason. I wanted out of this nature-deprived area that I live in. I already had a college degree and a job, but I wanted a degree in something that no matter where you went you could find a job that pays decent, so I got my BSN. When I visit the pacific northwest, I get depressed midway through the vacation because I know I have to go back to live in my hot, humid, treeless, waterless, flat, ugly city. I love the rain, mountains, cold weather, sweaters, fireplaces, the beautiful gardens in the pacific northwest and the respect that exist in the NW for nature, organic-growing of fruits and veggies and fellow-men (if you knew about the area I live in you would know that we lack all that I love) I already have my license, so your probably wondering why I'm still live here. The answer is simple--money. My husband's job pays well and the cost of living is low. If it was soley my decision I would be out of here today, but marriage is a 50/50 deal. I have thought many a times about just taking my daughter and going for it (I have even applied to a couple of hospitals), but I'm sacred that money-wise I wanted be able to make it. I don't need the fancy house or car. I just want to live in a safe area in the pacific northwest. Any words of encouragement? :crying2:

It is indeed a beautiful area that I find a balm to my soul..I visit the Northwest frequently. I understand where you are coming from. I would love to retire there but it is more expensive than my own area here in Texas so we would really need to plan.

Any chance you could take a travel assignment up there, scope the place out, then sell your family on it once you find a job/ reasonable housing there? Please visit the traveler forums as well as the Washington forums ...and best wishes.

For various reasons, I have strong feelings about your dilema. Don't let fear stop you from what you want to do. It does matter in the end. I think your first two sentences say it all.

I was born, raised and have lived in Seattle my entire life. I love it here!! I would never dream of leaving. The cost of living in the city and suburbs is high!! But there are nice areas to the north or south or for that matter on the coast that still have affordable housing. If you do think of coming to the Pacific Northwest you might look into Olympia (which has been voted the #1 place to raise kids in the country). Olympia is the state capital and about 1 1/2 hours south of Seattle. Olympia/Lacey has a big hospital I think it is St. Joseph's. To the north is Bellingham, and I know to the west toward the coast there is Grays Harbor County Hospital. Also to the south is Puyallup (a little more spendy) but there is Good Samaritan Hospital of Puyallup that has a wonderful Rehab. unit. Good Luck

The two hospitals in Olympia are St. Peters and Capital Medical Center.

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

try a travel assignment in seattle or portland. the northwest is a wonderful place, but you may find that you miss the sun.

My son lived in Seattle about 3 months during the rainy season (I understand this is most of the time). He did not like it - said it was depressing. We also live in the Pacific Northwest but lower south and more high desert. We have trees. Snow in the winter. Sun in the summer. More of a four season area.

I think it just depends on what you like. I know people who love Texas . . .my husband loves eastern Washington where there are no trees and just farmland for as far as the eye can see. I didn't like it.

For me, I'd love to live someplace warm and near water.

steph

HannasMom

Specializes in Geriatrics/Alzheimer's.

We live in Portland, Oregon and I love it! We had snow last winter, springtime is gorgeous here, with flowering tres and flowers every where, sunny summers with very little rain, and colorful autumns. It does rain here, but not like Seattle.

Our hopsitals here are OHSU, Legacy Hospitals, Kaiser Sunnyside, Adventist Medical Center, Portland Veterans, and many others in nearby towns.

We are not far from the ocean beaches, Mt. Hood, Mt St. Helens, art and culture, country side, great outdoor activites, fantastic shopping, etc.

I was born and raised in Wisconsin, but Oregon is my true home.

wonderbee, BSN, RN

Specializes in critical care; community health; psych.

Good luck with your decision. I know how it feels to have feet that want to fly away to a different place. The desire can be overwhelming. Try a travel assignment, as other posters have said. Home is where the heart is.

I went back to college for one reason. I wanted out of this nature-deprived area that I live in. I already had a college degree and a job, but I wanted a degree in something that no matter where you went you could find a job that pays decent, so I got my BSN. When I visit the pacific northwest, I get depressed midway through the vacation because I know I have to go back to live in my hot, humid, treeless, waterless, flat, ugly city. I love the rain, mountains, cold weather, sweaters, fireplaces, the beautiful gardens in the pacific northwest and the respect that exist in the NW for nature, organic-growing of fruits and veggies and fellow-men (if you knew about the area I live in you would know that we lack all that I love) I already have my license, so your probably wondering why I'm still live here. The answer is simple--money. My husband's job pays well and the cost of living is low. If it was soley my decision I would be out of here today, but marriage is a 50/50 deal. I have thought many a times about just taking my daughter and going for it (I have even applied to a couple of hospitals), but I'm sacred that money-wise I wanted be able to make it. I don't need the fancy house or car. I just want to live in a safe area in the pacific northwest. Any words of encouragement? :crying2:

Words of encouragement, let me see, We just finished one of the wettest Januarys for our area....not sure how encourageing that is:crying2:

Our family is looking forward to moving to Texas, Granbury area. We have had years of this miserable weather, we would gladly trade you. You should have no problem finding a job here if you decide to come. the NW is a beautiful area for sure but the weather is not always very cooperative.

Cost of housing is going through the roof here, our house has increased in value a great deal in the last year.

Enjoy the warm weather and take a few vacations up here, maybe that will help:rolleyes:

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

the rainy weather and grey skies get to a lot of people, but i loved seattle and hated to leave. there are some of us who enjoyed the mild weather -- say what you want about the winter rainy season -- at least you don't have to shovel it!

Corvette Guy

Specializes in Telemetry, OR, ICU.

the rainy weather and grey skies get to a lot of people, but i loved seattle and hated to leave. there are some of us who enjoyed the mild weather -- say what you want about the winter rainy season -- at least you don't have to shovel it!

i was at ft lewis last july for 21 days on a usar assignment. it did not rain a drop the entire time. it is my understanding the summer time is not part of the rainy months. anyway, i enjoyed the area so much i've accepted a 3 yr volunteer active duty assignment at madigan army medical center. besides, my wife hates the austin, tx area. i grew up in austin, yet i can moreless take it or leave it. i am tired of the lack of four seasons & the miserable humid summers here. plus, i seem to have a sinus allergy headache at least half the time.

we will be living in tumwater, and my wife has a strong imc job possibility at providence st peters. our eta is march 14th.

Ah, the Pacific Northwest! I love New Mexico, and I think I want to stay, but sometimes I get all nostalgic for the Spokane, WA. area.....I grew up there and miss trees and springtime! Oh, well....it's beautiful here, too, in a different way.

I am presently living in Wenatchee, WA which is about 2 hours NE of Seattle after living in and near Seattle for 3+ years. It is much drier and sunnier here, but close proximity to mountains and outdoor adventure. Housing costs are much more reasonable and I'm working at Central Washington Hospital-a nice progressive place. It's not green enough for me and I'll probably move in the next few months, but you may find it wonderful! If you like mountains, apple orchards, smaller town life, and rivers and hiking trails a short drive away, you may want to check it out.

I'm the OP for this thread, and I still miss and can't wait until my daughter graduates (2yrs 3 mons) to get the heck out of this miserable city. I still envy all of you living in the pacific NW. Someone said they would trade places with me. I wish that could really happen. I would trade your rainy, cold days in a second for my very hot (110-115), humid (100%) in summer, treeless, greenless, mountainless, extremely windy, ugly place. Every person I know (with the exception of one) that comes here from up north, hates it. I'm extremely south (4hrs south of San Antinio). My sister-in-law who feels exactly the way I do, read an article in the paper about people who get depressed about too many days of hot, sunny weather. That's me. Make room for me because I will be coming.

zacarias, ASN, RN

Specializes in tele, stepdown/PCU, med/surg. Has 14 years experience.

foxfour, are in the RGV? I love the Rio Grande Valley and I'm in the Pacific NW. You probably can't imagine someone liking the RGV better than the Pacific NW but i do! I love the weather, the culture everything.

The only thing is it lacks a big city and I like being in a big city.

Corvette Guy

Specializes in Telemetry, OR, ICU.

foxfour, are in the RGV? I love the Rio Grande Valley and I'm in the Pacific NW. You probably can't imagine someone liking the RGV better than the Pacific NW but i do! I love the weather, the culture everything.

The only thing is it lacks a big city and I like being in a big city.

In 18 days my wife & I will be leaving Central Texas headed for PNW [Tumwater, WA].

:w00t:

I will say this and I freely admit my bias: I believe that the Northwest is the most beautiful place in this country and I would never live anywhere else. If you’ve never visited I highly encourage you to. You’ll never want to go home!

And about the rain: I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest all my life and can’t say that it rains where I live anymore than it does anywhere else in the western US. The NW has been given an undeserved reputation for rain in my opinion. The problem is that the big population centers (Seattle and Portland) do get what could be considered a lot of rain. Once you get east of the Cascades the rain really falls off. Central and Eastern Washington and Oregon are made up of areas that are quite arid. The town that I live in gets some rain and snow in the winter but is very dry from late April until late September. The problem is that people only tend to think about Seattle and Portland when they think of living in the Northwest.

It reminds me of a few jokes:

How can you tell when it’s winter in Seattle? The rain is cold.

How can you tell when it’s summer in Seattle? The rain is warm.

What does someone from the Northwest say to the Stay Puft Marshmallow man? Nice tan.

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