Quote from Meriwhen
Coastal and Southern California are BAD for new grads...BSNs are struggling to get hired in LTC, let alone hospitals. Inland and Northern (not coastal northern) California may be better for landing something, but again, things are still tight.
So IMO, unless you don't have a guaranteed job offer don't move out here just yet, because it's likely you will be job hunting for a long time. You'd be better off if you can bring a year--preferably two--of experience with you.
Actually, according to a lot of NoCal new grads, there's nothing up there, especially with one hospital that offers a new grad program (UCDavis). On the other hand, there's more hospitals in SoCal that offers new grad programs, which means more opportunities and a higher chance to get into a new grad program.
Regardless of location though (NoCal vs. SoCal vs. Central), new grads are having a difficult job finding their first job. There's too many new grads and not enough positions for new grads.
Totally agree that you don't move unless you have a guaranteed job offer.