Is Everybody Moving to California? - page 5

Just an observation but, it seems like there's a flood of posts lately from people inquiring about moving here. Not too long ago the local news seemed to be filled with stories about people... Read More

  1. by   Sheri257
    Quote from luv2shopp85
    Holy crap.. thats incentive enough to move to California. So are the patient to nurse ratios that low prettymuch everywhere? I talked to a hospital and they did say the nurse to patient ratio was that low but I figured it was just a really small hospital or something. Thats amazing
    It's the LAW. And we're the only state that has it.

    So yeah ... it's everywhere ... in California, that is.

    :typing
  2. by   777RNThatsMe
    And they are going 4:1 in 2008? Now THAT is more reasonable....and you know depending on acuity even THAT is alot! Yeah...I'm tired of seeing 8:1. And I am not in CA obviously......yet....not sure if I will be or not....given the housing costs...... hmmmm........
  3. by   luv2shopp85
    I was gonig to move to california well before I knew the patient/nurse ratio but I'm glad to hear that!
  4. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from lizz
    It's the LAW. And we're the only state that has it.

    So yeah ... it's everywhere ... in California, that is.
    Ratio laws only apply to acute care facilities (read: hospitals) in California. Some RNs relocate here and obtain employment in group homes, SNFs, ECFs, psychiatric hospitals, chemical dependency facilities, and other nontraditional settings and then wonder why they have a large amount of patients.

    If you want the ratio to apply, then you must work at a hospital.
  5. by   LilRedRN1973
    California will always behome for me. I moved away from my home town of Santa Barbara almost 2 decades ago and regret it. NOw it's near impossible to move back, especially on an RN's wages.
    I now live in Reno, NV and it's not all that great. I hate snow, and the summer is short-lived. Yeah we have sunny days, but it's below 40 degrees. Most people comment that we have 2 seasons: hot & cold. Our wages are not that great and it's now near impossible to buy a house. At least I'm only 4 hours from San Francisco so I can boost my spirits, see the ocean, and get out of this dust bowl.
  6. by   veronica77
    Quote from luv2shopp85
    I am planning on moving to California next year after I graduate from nursing school. My reason for moving? I'm young.. 21 years old and I want to experience new things. I live in pA right now and I hate it.. i hate the cold weather, snow, roads, ahh i could go on and on! I';ve wanted to live in california ever since i was younger and now its about time I make that happen. I"m supposed to be living on the beach... not in a snow storm!!

    The reason I chose California rather than any of the other warm places? Because every where south is soo hot and humid and i hate that. Thats one of the reasons I hate PA 's summers. Its either chilly and raining or its 90 degrees with your clothes sticking to you. Florida is nice but you get paid the same rate as I do in pa.. starting at about 20 dollars an hour but the housing is really expensive. Plus I don't want to move somewhere south where I have the possibility of HURRICANES!! I'd rather deal with an earthquake than a hurricane.

    I'm young enough to move arounda little before I figure out where I want to settle down and start a family at.

    Ohhh my god you really don't know what are you talking about. It's true that California is a beautiful place and the weather is the best in the world but earthquakes are something you don't want to deal with. Specially if you are living between three main faults!!!!!! At least there are Hurricane warnings. Good Luck!!!!!!!!!
  7. by   mercyteapot
    Earthquakes are no bigger a deal than the extreme weather conditions in every other part of the country. Coming from an area where every winter, at least one person and usually several die on icy roads, earthquakes don't scare me. I've experienced 4 major ones and a bunch of smaller ones. Lives are sometimes lost and homes destroyed which is tragic, but in a much lower ratio than happens in hurricanes or most other natural disasters. I love California. Housing prices are high, but homes here are an investment that are likely to pay off huge dividends. I will never move away.
  8. by   Italiana
    I'm from the East Coast, moved here 7 years ago and now on my way back. I consider myself a warm and friendly person. However, in all the time I've been here I haven't been able to meet any decent people. They are all so fake. I'm tired of them saying one thing in your face and another behind your back. Let's not talk about the unit! It is 1000 times worse there.

    Have people experienced this in other parts of the country? I work with a bunch of jealous, back-stabbing ******* (women AND men). Is it SoCal or just the nursing culture in general?
  9. by   SillyLilly
    I dream of moving there. Not permanently, but at least some time. Of course on the coast in San Diego.... Yesss, Im there now...... ahhhh

    I do plan on it. I live in Chicago, and the cost of living in San Diego is high compared to here, and they dont pay much more than they pay here.... but the beach will compensate for that.
  10. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from Italiana
    I'm from the East Coast, moved here 7 years ago and now on my way back. I consider myself a warm and friendly person. However, in all the time I've been here I haven't been able to meet any decent people. They are all so fake. I'm tired of them saying one thing in your face and another behind your back. Let's not talk about the unit! It is 1000 times worse there.

    Have people experienced this in other parts of the country? I work with a bunch of jealous, back-stabbing ******* (women AND men). Is it SoCal or just the nursing culture in general?
    I live in Southern California and I know lots of nice people! Some of them work in hospitals, too. It is always harder to meet people when you move to a new place, though.
  11. by   777RNThatsMe
    Well ..you need to take a look at the OTHEr states on this site. The conversation is minimal. Talk about antisocial people! CA .... is just like anywhere else. Some folks are good and nice and helpful and others are not. Big world, lots of people..... you have to put yourself in the environment to be around good ppl. ... nobody and nowhere is perfect..never will be. But there are good ppl out there....all over the place. Examine where you are hanging out! And what you PUT out...if for example you EXPECT ppl not to be nice...... well......
    Last edit by 777RNThatsMe on Oct 6, '06
  12. by   LJLeach
    I was beginning to think that all of California was moving to Phoenix!!!
  13. by   91C_ARMYLPN
    Quote from lizz
    Just an observation but, it seems like there's a flood of posts lately from people inquiring about moving here.

    Not too long ago the local news seemed to be filled with stories about people supposedly moving away because of the high cost of living, traffic etc. I guess that in reality, it doesn't always seem to be the case ... at least with RN's.

    So what's up posters? What made you decide to check out and/or move to Cali?

    :typing

    I have been living in Southern California since 1995.
    Prior to that, I was living in Las Vegas, Nevada, once I left the Army. IMHO..California has it's good points as well as it's bad points. The cost of living is high. Imagine, paying about $ 500,000 for a 3-4 bedroom home. (Some of these homes at outrageous prices are less than 1500 sq. ft)!!!And, that it just depends on location, square footage, extra amenities, etc. Real estate prices are ridiculous! Nurses are paid higher wages compared to other states due to the cost of living. True, the weather is nice. Rare for it to be freezing...at least where I live. I don't even own a heavy winter coat, like I did when I lived back East (I am a native New Yorker). New York is no better either! Very expensive, crowded, and winters are freezing COLD!!!!

    There are mountains, beaches, museums, theme parks, entertainment, etc. It depends on what you are looking for, and what is important to you. Also, if you are single/
    married/kids/no kids, etc. The traffic is the pits too! I live about 25 miles from Los Angeles, and it takes about
    1 to 1.5 hrs to get to downtown on the freeway, and mind you...this is ONE way. Traffic jams and delays are very similar to Manhattan, just like in New York City.

    In all honesty, my family and I are looking into moving to Arizona. As a LVN/LPN, the wages seem to be competitive/
    decent. The average LVN/LPN pay in California is about $18 to 20 per hour, before taxes. Arizona offers LVN's/LPN's $25 to $30 per hour. As for what you pay for a home here in California...you can get a brand new home (4 bdrms/2 full bathrms) for about half the price in Arizona. No place is ever going to be perfect. But, for us...we have decided that it's time to move on.
    Last edit by 91C_ARMYLPN on Feb 5, '07 : Reason: GRAMMAR AND SPELLING

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