I hate to say it but most of the hospitals in Phoenix and surrounding areas pay about $24-25/hr for new grads. Shift dif is usually 20% though. This would have been okay pay a couple of years ago, but after the housing rush two years ago, housing costs have skyrocketed, and the pay has not kept up with the cost of living. Prices are starting to drop considerably if you're planning on buying, but they are still a lot higher than they were three to four years ago. If you're already settled in the Bay Area you might want to just stay put. L&D and NICU jobs are difficult to come by here as well, we're also saturated with new grads (I'm one of them
). A lot of my classmates thought that they could wait until after graduation to find jobs because nurses are so in demand. Well, experienced nurses may be in demand, new grad nurses are a dime a dozen. I'm one of the only people I graduated with who got the job I wanted, mainly because I had externed in it my last year of nursing school.
Good luck in whatever you decide and congrats graduating!!