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Your Guide to Job Opportunities in the Mountain and Northwestern States

The job market for nurses continues to be good in the Northwestern and Mountain states. Stacey Riden, a recruiter at Valley General Hospital in Monroe, Washington, says there are plenty of opportunities for RNs, advanced practice nurses, and nurse managers in her area. "(It's a) very competitive market from an employer perspective," she says. "RNs have plenty of employers to choose from; employers are competing for applicants."

 

CHECK OUT THE MAGNET HOSPITALS

The Magnet movement has not caught on in this part of the country as much as it has on the East coast, but Colorado has two Magnet hospitals, and Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington each have one. The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle was the very first U.S. hospital to gain Magnet status back in 1994.

 

SALARIES CLIMBING

RN salaries tend to be higher in the states along the West coast, rather than the more interior areas. Using November 2003 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) figures, the highest average hourly rates in the Northwestern and Mountain states are found in Alaska at $28.39; Washington at $27.73; and Oregon at $26.12. The national average is $25.29. Riden says in her area wages are the same as in the Seattle market, but without the commute and traffic. The BLS figures show RNs in metropolitan Seattle average $29.70 per hour. Riden also reports that emergency, labor and delivery and gero-psych are the nursing specialties that are in demand.

 

LIVING IN THE NORTHWESTERN AND MOUNTAIN STATES

This is a family-friendly area of the United States. It has outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities including hiking, camping, boating, and world-class skiing in the Rockies. Cost of living varies throughout the region, but Alaska, Washington, and Wyoming are among the few states in the country with no state income tax.

 

Abrazo Health Care

 

7878 N. 16th Street, Ste 250-West Lobby

 

Phoenix, AZ 85020

 

Contact: Laura Curtis, Senior Recruiter

 

(623) 537-3470

 

Fax: (623) 572-4578

 

E-mail: mailto:lcurtis@abrazohealth.com

 

Web site: http://www.abrazohealth.com

 

Banner Health

 

1801 16th Street

 

Greeley, CO 80631

 

Contact: Fran Holmes

 

Web site: http://www.bannerhealth.com

 

Franciscan Health System

 

1717 S. J Street

 

Tacoma, WA 98405

 

Contact: Nurse Recruiters

 

(800) 215-9687

 

Web site: http://www.fhshealth.org

 

Overlake Hospital Medical Center

 

1035 116th Ave. NE

 

Bellevue, WA 98004

 

Contact: Maribeth Culpepper, Nurse Recruiter

 

(425) 688-5926

 

Fax: (425) 688-5758

 

E-mail: mailto:maribeth.culpepper@overlakehospital.org

 

Web site: http://www.overlakehospital.org

 

Poudre Valley Hospital

 

1024 S. Lemay Avenue

 

Fort Collins, CO 80524

 

Contact: Candace Pruett, HR

 

Consultant/Nurse Recruiter

 

(970) 495-7300

 

E-mail: mailto:cjp2@pvhs.org

 

Web site: http://www.pvhs.org

 

Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center

  
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1719 East 19th Ave.

 

Denver, CO 80218

 

Contact: Sonja Classen, RN, BSN

 

(303) 839-6927

 

Fax: (303) 839-6945

 

E-mail: mailto:Sonja.Classen@HealthONEcares.com

 

Web site: http://www.pslmc.com

 

Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services

 

1901 Red Rock Drive

 

Gallup, NM 87301

 

Contact: Sandi Johnsey, Recruiter

 

(800) 571-7823

 

Fax: (505) 726-6730

 

E-mail: mailto:sjohnsey@rmchcs.org

 

Web site: http://www.rmch.org

 

San Juan Regional Medical Center

 

801 W. Maple

 

Farmington, NM 87401

 

Contact: Pat Gross, Recruitment Specialist

 

(505) 564-6938

 

Fax: (505) 599-2425

 

E-mail: mailto:pgross@sjrmc.net

 

Web site: http://www.sanjuanregional.com

 

University of Arizona College of Nursing

 

Human Resources

 

1305 N. Martin

 

Tucson, AZ 85721

 

(520) 626-2742

 

E-mail: mailto:hr@nursing.arizona.edu

 

Web site: http://www.hr.arizona.edu

 

UNM Hospitals

 

2211 Lomas Blvd. NE

 

Albuquerque, NM 87106

 

Contact: Tricia Richards, Senior Recruiter

 

Phone: (505) 272-0497

 

Cell: (505) 362-5491

 

Fax: (866) 364-6425

 

E-mail: mailto:perichords@salud.unm.edu

 

Web site: http://hospitals.unm.edu

 

Washoe Medical Center, NV

 

Web site: http://www.washoehealth.com/careers