I've had clinicals in the Bakersfield hospitals. There isn't a single one I wouldn't work in. Oh, I haven't had a clinical in San Joaquin, so I can't comment on it, but all the rest have been great. I haven't seen any of the eating their young business.
I like the town of Bakersfield. But the air SUCKS!!! Worst air quality in the nation for ozone pollution, third worst for particulate matter. Go to the lung association web site and read up on it. Then go read a few journal articles on the effects of pollution short and long term. It can scare you. I did a study on our air in school and it kind of creeped me out. Not to mention the 105 degree summers. You come driving over the hills from anywhere else and you see the bronze colored air. Sometimes its bad enough that I can SEE the air in between me and the house across the street.
Oh, look up coccidioidomycosis too. Prevalent here.
That aside. Its a nice town. There are some decent schools
. Compared to parts of California, its affordable. The people are nice. There is a college and a university. I love my neighborhood. And I'm leaving. But not because of Bakersfield.
Three of the hospitals are building new towers/wings. Growth means opportunity!