Holy Cow...Nor Cal is a nightmare

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    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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    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
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    You almost have to know somebody here or take a travel assignment and then sign on as staff afterwards.
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    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!
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    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!
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    Keep trying! You'll get it! You have awesome certifications!
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    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.
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    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...
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    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.
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    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.


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