Looking for job in Southern California - page 3

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I live in OKC right now and I graduate with my RN (ADN) in May 2013 and I am needing some advice. I will be moving to the SoCal area (Costa Mesa or Long Beach) so I was curious if 1. anyone has made this move and knows if I... Read More


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    I moved from Oklahoma to CA immediately after graduation. My husband got stationed here with the Navy. We had been apart for 15 minths when the kids and I moved here. It has taken me 9 months to find a job. And even then I believe I only got it because I am currently enrolled in a BSN program (forget about getting a job as a new grad with an ADN out here it won't happen). Also I had previous hospital experience as well as a previous career (work experience). I would advise you to work in OK in an acute setting for at LEAST a year if not more. Also I advise you get your OK license and endorse to CA.
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    Thank you everyone for all your info! You have helped me a lot! Although it isn't what I wanted to hear I am not looking at the possibility of staying in Oklahoma for a year or so until I can get work expereince. I am going to still fill out some applications in CA thought Does anyone know if it is the same way in Northern California or is it easier to get a job there?
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    Quote from Samantha79
    It has taken me 9 months to find a job. And even then I believe I only got it because I am currently enrolled in a BSN program (forget about getting a job as a new grad with an ADN out here it won't happen).
    What BSN program are you in? I would like to get my BSN I was just hoping I could start working somewhere and they would pay me to get it so I didn't accumulate any more student loans.
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    All of California is like this. Even the small rural towns in the Central Valley where I live. I am going to Oklahoma Panhandle State University. They have an online RN-BSN program. Very affordable too.
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    I was born and raised in southern California and moved to Texas in 2005 to land my very first nursing job. I now have 7 years of experience and licensure in CA and TX and would like to return to California, but I won't relocate without a firm job offer.

    Although I have been trying to find work in CA, I have not been able to secure nursing employment there even with my 7 years of experience. I have even been applying to facilities in the undesirable Central Valley (Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield, Delano, Hanford, etc.).

    The unemployment rate for new grad RNs in CA is approximately 43 percent. You've been warned. I still wish you the very best of luck.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    I was born and raised in southern California and moved to Texas in 2005 to land my very first nursing job. I now have 7 years of experience and licensure in CA and TX and would like to return to California, but I won't relocate without a firm job offer.

    Although I have been trying to find work in CA, I have not been able to secure nursing employment there even with my 7 years of experience. I have even been applying to facilities in the undesirable Central Valley (Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield, Delano, Hanford, etc.).

    The unemployment rate for new grad RNs in CA is approximately 43 percent. You've been warned. I still wish you the very best of luck.
    Have you looked at travel agencies? I know the hospital on base only hires travelers. TCMP and InGensis. You might try that for Naval Hospital Lemoore. Most people don't think to try military hospitals.
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    Quote from Samantha79
    Have you looked at travel agencies? I know the hospital on base only hires travelers. TCMP and InGensis. You might try that for Naval Hospital Lemoore. Most people don't think to try military hospitals.
    Most travel agencies require one to three years of acute care hospital experience, which I do not have because I have never worked at an acute care hospital. My experience is in long term care, psych and acute rehab.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    Most travel agencies require one to three years of acute care hospital experience, which I do not have because I have never worked at an acute care hospital. My experience is in long term care, psych and acute rehab.
    Gottcha. Most of the listings I saw for NH Lemoore did list 1+ year acute exp.
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    Oh I also thought I would mention that Kaweah Delta in Visalia has a listing for a psych nurse right now. I'm sure you already saw it... but I thought I would let you know anyway
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    Quote from Samantha79
    Oh I also thought I would mention that Kaweah Delta in Visalia has a listing for a psych nurse right now. I'm sure you already saw it... but I thought I would let you know anyway
    I apply to Kaweah Delta's psych nursing position every three months or so because it is always listed. A nurse manager from their Porterville outpatient dialysis center called me back and was disappointed I did not have one year of med/surg experience.


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