Holy Cow...Nor Cal is a nightmare

  1. I know I have told this to many other people in the threads about how competitive the bay area is, but it REALLY is. I've got 3 years of ICU experience, my BSN-top of my class, CRRT, among other certs in 40-47 bed ICUs at decent sized hospitals, and I can't even get a call back on small ICUs or ERs.
    Just thought I'd share my reality. I know it's the pay that makes it ridiculous competitive, but it's where all my family and my husband's family is located. So I guess I'll just keep sending in the apps as quickly as they e-mail the rejection letters.
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   AloeBlox
    true its competitive.... ironically a buddy of mine just went up north for a job offer and he did nursing school in SoCal...... interesting..... good luck
  4. by   meandragonbrett
    You almost have to know somebody here or take a travel assignment and then sign on as staff afterwards.
  5. by   NickiLaughs
    I actually know about 40-50 nurses up there and 3 MDs. They are all trying to help me with a hookup. And no luck yet. Hoping to get a break eventually!
  6. by   meandragonbrett
    If you're willing to commute to the Peninsula....Stanford uses a lot of travelers and will generally offer to extend over and over or offer you to come on staff if there is the FTE at that point in time. Just a thought!
  7. by   itsnowornever
    Keep trying! You'll get it! You have awesome certifications!
  8. by   NickiLaughs
    I thought about it but travelers make significantly less from what I've seen and ive got 2 to provide for at home. Traveling would have been an option if I wasnt the only bread winner.
  9. by   NickiLaughs
    Update: Finally have an interview at an SICU in Sacramento! I've literally applied for around 40 some positions in both ICU/ER. There's just not a lot of postings period. So persistence is finally paying off! Anyone from up north on here? Seems to be a quiet group...
  10. by   cheleincali
    I am in Sacramento and see the postings all over the place, but have heard that recent grads definitely have a harder time; which is something that concerns me. However, I am optimistic and flexible if need be.
  11. by   NickiLaughs
    Quote from cheleincali
    I am in Sacramento and see the postings all over the place, but have heard that recent grads definitely have a harder time; which is something that concerns me. However, I am optimistic and flexible if need be.
    Hang on to that! And always be prepared with a back up plan. If I can't score anything up north, my plan is to go back to my last hospital and work ED there for another year...then try again.
  12. by   NickiLaughs
    So about 45 applications later...1 job interview...I have a job! Definitely a challenge, but happy to report it all worked out. I start the week after thanksgiving! I can see why it's so challenging...I'm getting about a 15$ raise from what I make in Orange County.

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