Hi! I currently live in So Cal and work at a level one trauma center in a trauma ICU. We have 3 full time NP's for our unit and they work 3- 12's, rotating between them, occasionally one will work a swing shift to cover evenings, but none require call! One of the NP's told me her starting salary was around 90,000, but this all depends on years of experience, and your salary increases significantly after your first year. Many of the other ICU's also hire NP's, and one of ours that was recently hired is a new grad, who does not have ICU experience, and was chosen over 4 other NP applicants who have many years of NP and critical care experience. She did her clinical rotations on our unit, so networking and making connections during your clinical rotations seems to be very important in landing the job you want. So Cal has many level one trauma centers, so it should be easier than in some other areas in finding an NP job. I dont know what the effects of the new healthcare bill are thought to have in terms of job growth for inpatient NP's, but hopefully it will be a positive one for those of us who will be graduating around that time! One NP I work with reminded me not to be picky when looking for your first NP job, and she originally took a temporary position that ended up turning into a 4 year ICU NP job prior to her current position, so just getting your foot in the door is key, and go from there! Unfortunately I dont know much about psych NP's as I have only ever worked in ICU. Hope some of this info helps!