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This is a discussion on Need a little help from all the Los Angeles area nurses. in California Nursing, part of United States Nursing ... I am planning my move back to Los Angeles towards the end of this year. I worked there 3 years ago...by Klgreen1973 Jul 19, '12I am planning my move back to Los Angeles towards the end of this year. I worked there 3 years ago as a travel nurse and fell in love with the city. My friends who currently live there tell me that I shouldn't have a problem finding a job. I have been a RN for 8 years and have worked in a variety of setting. I currently work on an abdominal transplant floor and really like it. I know that would limit my choices to UCLA, Cedars and USC. I really like teaching hospitals anyway so those three would've been my choices anyway. Any ideas on how much I could make in hourly salary. Also, does any of the above mentioned hospitals offer weekend option (Baylor) positions or float pool with benefits. Thanks to all who read and respond.
Is Woodland Hills a good place to live. When I was there I lived in Toluca Lakes near Universal Studios (great area but sort of long drive to beach cities). What about some other safe places to live. How is Culver City?Last edit by Klgreen1973 on Jul 19, '12
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- Jul 19, '12 by Silverdragon102Moved to the California state forum
- Jul 19, '12 by perioddrama(Almost) Welcome back to California!
I don't know the pay rate, sorry.
And my geography of LA is a bit iffy, since LA is so big. What I do know is that Culver City is a bit closer to the hospitals and LA proper (downtown LA), and Santa Monica Pier compared to Woodland Hills (which is a bit north-west-y from the hospitals).
As to crime rates and such, you can try looking up the local news channels/newspaper to get an idea.
Good luck job & house hunting.
- Jul 23, '12 by anie10Woodland Hills is a nice area (adjacent to Calabasas) - off the 101. Culver City is closer to Venice, West LA and Santa Monica, by the 10...
Good Luck to you
- Jul 23, '12 by TotallyAwwwesomeYeah, I am a Los Angeles resident. If you are considering Cedars, UCLA, or USC....please, please, please try to find a place near/by the 10 fwy. Driving from Woodland Hills to any of the mentioned hospital will be HELL!
- Jul 24, '12 by NickiLaughsUCLA states their salary ranges on their employment page when you look at the jobs. You should be able to find a job because you have a lot of experience.
- Jul 24, '12 by caliotter3On any given excessive heat day in LA, Woodland Hills will be the one with a temperature of 103 when the nearby cities are at 96. If you can't tolerate heat, you should consider that.
- Jul 24, '12 by tothepointeLVNThe Beach Cities are nice as is the Torrance/Southbay area. I'm not a big fan of the Valley since driving anywhere from there is a big ordeal.
Commuting from Torrance/Southbay to the 3 places you mentioned probably won't be as bad as commuting from the Valley even though the Valley is closer. Its all about freeway accessibility.
Culver City is relatively safe and its undergoing gentrification right now with a nice new mall and a cute little old town area with little resturants. It's adjacent to the 405 and the 10 though traffic can be a little sticky.
- Jul 24, '12 by TheCommuterIf you're dead-set on working at Cedars, USC, or UCLA, I'd advise against living in Woodland Hills because you'll be spending at least one hour in slow-moving freeway traffic on Interstate 405. It will take approximately one hour to commute the 12 to 15 miles on the 405 freeway from Woodland Hills to West LA.
I would live in Century City, Culver City, Westwood, Santa Monica, Venice, West Hollywood, West LA, Miracle Mile, Inglewood, Downtown LA, or basically any city or neighborhood bisected by Interstate 10.
- Jul 25, '12 by GoobstressPay rate for Cedars for 8 yrs experience is in the $50's range but of course that would depend on your specialty too. Don't forget about Kaiser Sunset or Children's Hospital too or even Huntington Memorial in Pasadena. As far as living in Woodland Hills it is pretty nice and safe but commute can be horrible, some days 10 miles can take up to an hour on the freeway. Depending where you work make sure you live close by since traffic especially on thursdays and Friday is ridiculous. Good luck.