Hello. Can any of you help us? We are thinking of moving to the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area, but are not sure if salaries are competitive enough to make it worthwhile. The information we have says the average RN makes $22.66 an hour in Idaho. Is this the same for CCRNs? That wage seems awfully low...
Jan 27, '07
hello, richrodgersccrn and welcome to allnurses.com
i moved your thread to the washington state forum for a better response.
we are glad to have you with us. enjoy the site.
Feb 2, '07
Don't know if this helps, but when I graduated as a brand new RN in Spokane, all the major hospitals I interviewed with would have started me at 22.25/hr. I don't know about Idaho, but have heard that their wages are slightly less. I don't know where you are coming from, but it's important to remember that the cost of living is probably less here than where you are from as well.
Feb 3, '07
Hi, I have never posted on here before but thought I should post a response to your question since I am a local. The wages in Spokane are better than in Idaho. This is because most of the hospitals in Spokane are unionized and also because Idaho is a right to work state. The cost of living is good compared to California, but not compared to the rest of the country. Land is going for a lot and people are pouring into the area from everywhere--especially the midwest and California. In fact, it is turning into "little California." If you love the outdoors (skiing, hiking, swimming, boating, rafting, fishing, camping, etc) then it is the place to be. Lake CdA is nothing compared to the Pend Orielle Lake which is pristine or Priest Lake which is even more gorgeous. One of the reasons that the area is so popular is because of the million dollar scenery. Compared to other areas of the country, the nursing shortage isn't as strongly felt, although there is one. Don't expect to get rich, though, if you are working in North Idaho.
Feb 19, '07
I have never posted here before but seen your question concerning wages in Spokane. I work for a corporation as a RN oversight nurse that own multi assisted living facilities. My salary is less than that of the nursing staff at a hospital, but I work Monday thru Friday, have week ends off etc etc. But my salary is competitive to what other nurses are paid who are doing the same work but is more than what the nurses are paid in Oregon or Idaho. Hope this helps
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