Quote from barbie90210
[font=book antiqua]i have lived in los angeles since 1975 and am looking to relocate to the pacific northwest. my parents lived in seattle so i have seen that area. i am interested in spokane and have identified three home health agencies that are hiring. just wondering what it is like to live and work there. the scenery looks fantastic and i'm pretty much sold. conservative is ok - so are peace and quiet. what would the salary be for an rn/bsn doing home health? in los angeles we are paid $75 to $100 per open and $50 per visit. i have worked in hospitals for 20 years and am not interested in acute hospitals any longer as i am pretty much maxed out on that. you can also private message me if you like. any feedback will be appreciated. i also noticed that university of washington has a masters program in community health with a school nursing component and a community college there has a legal nurse consultant program. that with the bike path sounds pretty good - although the bike path in marina del rey ca is pretty hard to beat!
don't hold your breath about getting $75-$100 per open in home health, or anyplace in spokane. i turned down a job in out patient dialysis that offered me the princley sum of $23 an hour, and that was with no benefits (i declined benefits, because i am covered with my husbands). unfortunately, that is life in the big city of spokane, washington.
it is a low pay, no benefits, service industry, kind of town. my experience, and i moved here from california, is that the do not like californians, and east coasters. i was subjected to some of the worse kinds of unfair labor violations, you could imagine. the nurses here are very passive, will not buck management, cause a ruckus, and management takes full advantage of it.
wsna is the biggest union here, but seiu 1199just organized deaconess, after years of nurses refusing union organizing. they have worked out better that wsna. they have gotten nothing for the nurses there.
you have to realize that there are three schools of nursing right here in spokane (and one who also has an lpn program), and one right across the border in idaho. there is also bsn programs in southern idaho. in other words, there is no nursing shortage in eastern washington. nurses are treated, and paid as such, if you know what i mean.
now in the tri cities area of washington (south,central washington), it is an up and coming area, have a few large hospitals, and are looking for nurses. just this week in the sunday paper, kadlec is offering great benefits, and what sounds like better pay than what you will get here.
pm me if you want more information.
lindarn, rn, bsn, ccrn