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Old 08-07-2013, 10:24 PM
Location: Colorado
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OP, Boulder is the prettiest town in CO. There is a Kaiser facility in town which would likely have union jobs. Boulder Foothills Community Hospital is a very nice facility, you could look at their website for jobs.
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:23 PM
Location: Bend, OR
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Originally Posted by geographystudies View Post
Grand Junction represents the other slopes and is fairly small. You might be able to find work at the hospital there, but you wouldn't have many competing employers to fall back on if things turned out poorly for one of you. Because you need TWO nursing jobs, I'd suggest sticking to cities with at least TWO hospitals, to give you more options if you aren't happy with the work environment.
While I don't know that Grand Junction would be a good fit for you and your boyfriend, there are actually 3 hospitals there-St. Mary's, Community & the VA. My husband got his BSN in Grand Junction and worked in all 3 hospitals before we relocated to Oregon. The biggest issue in GJ with nursing is that the salary is quite a bit lower than other parts of the state. Part of this lies in the fact that it once had a lower cost of living and was quite rural, although I don't necessarily think those two factors are still as prominent today.

I would definitely suggest looking at the Front Range, as you will have the greatest number of hospitals and a better chance of both of you finding work. You will have to deal with traffic and congestion, although perhaps not like back east.
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