Holy Cow...Nor Cal is a nightmare

  1. 0 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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  3. Visit  NickiLaughs} profile page

    About NickiLaughs, BSN

    NickiLaughs has '8' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Emergency, Critical Care, Case Managemen'. From 'California'; 31 Years Old; Joined Aug '03; Posts: 1,882; Likes: 2,155.

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  4. Visit  AloeBlox} profile page
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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
  5. Visit  meandragonbrett} profile page
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    You almost have to know somebody here or take a travel assignment and then sign on as staff afterwards.
  6. Visit  NickiLaughs} profile page
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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!
  7. Visit  meandragonbrett} profile page
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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!
  8. Visit  itsnowornever} profile page
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    Keep trying! You'll get it! You have awesome certifications!
  9. Visit  NickiLaughs} profile page
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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.
  10. Visit  NickiLaughs} profile page
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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...
  11. Visit  cheleincali} profile page
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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.
  13. Visit  NickiLaughs} profile page
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    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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