To reiterate what caliotter3 alluded to, DO NOT MOVE TO CALIFORNIA UNLESS YOU ALREADY HAVE A REAL JOB LINED UP! My own personal experience was a nightmare! I thought I had an agency RN job lined up but one month later I was still without work. I had three different agency jobs, had applied to over 30 hospital jobs in the bay area as far north as Coalinga and as far south as Riverside. Even though I would wake up every day with phone and email messages from recruiters, nothing panned out.
I left a good job halfway across the country, spent nearly every penny I own and don't even have a way to return to my old city. I went to CA with 2 months salary, a year of tele/med/surg experience, came from a top ranking nursing school
with a scholarship
I am still trying to analyze the hundreds of ways that I went wrong, but I know that I failed to take into account the recession, was overly confident in my ability to land a job.
Based on the numerous posts and various threads about CA nursing and job opportunities, your best bet would be to stay in your current position, cross train in different areas of nursing so that you can float, get as many certifications as you can and basically wait out this recession. Even then, you should physically visit the facility and ask questions.
I just don't want anyone else to end up in my situation. I really hope that you have much better luck than I did.