You'll never make it in California - page 3

I am sick of people telling me this!! Its realy discouraging and when you hear it so many times you start to believe it. I'm going to be graduating from nursing school in may and I plan on moving to... Read More

  1. by   rn4ever?
    Go for what your heart desires. If you really want to do it, then do it. No one should deter you from moving to CA if that's what's really in your plan. Other people might say negative things about it but you can't please everyone.
  2. by   kitty06
    Hi to everyone, I'm new to this thread so please bear with my ignorance.

    I'm an RN in one of the NE states. Been to CA thrice (San Diego to LA to Sacramento/Elk Gove but never beyond that). I would like to move to northern part of the the State, and most probably, Chico, and be with Enloe - but never been there (as mentioned earlier). I don't care about my job (paycheck or otherwise) since I will always love nursing - but I do care about my living environment (physical, social, ect). Any comment from you guys who know CA inside-out? Thanks.

    BTW, I read about the proposed nurse-patient ratio in CA, and for Med-Surg, it's 1:3; is this actually being practiced?
    Last edit by kitty06 on Nov 15, '06 : Reason: additional querry.
  3. by   perinatalRN
    I live in Orange County and there are some very expensive areas. However, it is very possible to make and not have to pinch pennies. You have to be smart with your money, like always. I rent an apartment, support my husband who is in school and we have two kids- I am not pinching pennies. I have worked as a RN for two years now. You will be fine. Orange County is really nice. It has its not so nice areas like everywhere else, but make sure you look around. Don't just do research on-line. I would definitely suggest craigslist for roommates, if you are going to go that route. Here 1 bedroom apts are anywhere from $850-$1150/month. Good Luck
  4. by   Sheri257
    Quote from kitty06
    BTW, I read about the proposed nurse-patient ratio in CA, and for Med-Surg, it's 1:3; is this actually being practiced?
    The ratio for Med Surg is 1:5 not 1:3 and yes, it's actually being practiced. The ratio will go down to 1:4 for Med Surg in 2008.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Nov 15, '06
  5. by   kitty06
    Thanks for your reply, lizz. I'm currently on the floor day shift with 1:4 (here in CT), but probably this is only a hospital policy because CT has not mandated yet of a staffing ratio due to the shortage. Didn't verify with other facilities within NEng states re ratio since I prefer to settle down in north CA if the environment is pleasurable. If CA med-surg will be 1:4 - that's wonderful! Again, thanks for your info - I owe you one.

    Quote from lizz
    The ratio for Med Surg is 1:5 not 1:3 and yes, it's actually being practiced. The ratio will go down to 1:4 for Med surg in 2008.

    :typing
    Last edit by kitty06 on Nov 15, '06 : Reason: spelling
  6. by   lots_of_luv
    at least 30% for taxes...

    don't listen to anybody. listen to your heart and follow your dreams. at least you tried, right? alot of foreign graduate nurses make it anywhere in the world, so why can't you? it's all a matter of reaching for your dreams. don't let anyone get in the way of what you want to do. if you are single and childless, live frugally and save up so you can afford the best later.
  7. by   luv2shopp85
    Quote from perinatalRN
    I live in Orange County and there are some very expensive areas. However, it is very possible to make and not have to pinch pennies. You have to be smart with your money, like always. I rent an apartment, support my husband who is in school and we have two kids- I am not pinching pennies. I have worked as a RN for two years now. You will be fine. Orange County is really nice. It has its not so nice areas like everywhere else, but make sure you look around. Don't just do research on-line. I would definitely suggest craigslist for roommates, if you are going to go that route. Here 1 bedroom apts are anywhere from $850-$1150/month. Good Luck
    Where are you living that you can find apartments for 850-1150 a month?! I want to live there! lol
  8. by   Kandigrl2001
    Okay .. well i just moved away from orange county.. specifically .. san clemente.last yr. It is beautiful.. but alot of things are centered around money...people can be very two faced .. but again .. its beautiful... if you really like it there.. you'll make it work.. but yes.. you will probably have to pinch pennys .. especially at first ..

    in my area ... where i lived you could not find a 1 bedroom apartment for under $850 a month... and utilities are higher..

    but.. you dont have to ever deal with snow!
    see i lived there all my life so my family and i were sick of the expensive.. way of life.. and no snow on christmas..
    it all depends on what you want...
    good luck!!
  9. by   carol72
    If you want to live on the beach in a posh area, yes, it is very expensive. I have lived in New York City, San francisco, Boston and Los Angeles as a single person - this is very possible.
  10. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from Kandigrl2001
    Okay .. well i just moved away from orange county.. specifically .. san clemente.last yr. It is beautiful.. but alot of things are centered around money...people can be very two faced .. but again .. its beautiful... if you really like it there.. you'll make it work.. but yes.. you will probably have to pinch pennys .. especially at first ..

    in my area ... where i lived you could not find a 1 bedroom apartment for under $850 a month... and utilities are higher..

    but.. you dont have to ever deal with snow!
    see i lived there all my life so my family and i were sick of the expensive.. way of life.. and no snow on christmas..
    it all depends on what you want...
    good luck!!
    I will miss that I do miss the snow on Christmas. The good thing is not having it the rest of the winter, either, lol!

    I do think it is harder to connect to people here, but I really don't feel that there are any more two faced people here than there were in PA, where I grew up. I know many people idealize small town life, but those people must have never visited the one where I lived!
  11. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from mercyteapot
    I will miss that I do miss the snow on Christmas. The good thing is not having it the rest of the winter, either, lol!

    I do think it is harder to connect to people here, but I really don't feel that there are any more two faced people here than there were in PA, where I grew up. I know many people idealize small town life, but those people must have never visited the one where I lived!
    Well, I just tried to edit this message and the craziest thing happened.... anyway, what I meant to say in the first long was ''I will admit that I do miss the snow on Christmas''...************************************ ************************************************** ************************************************** *************************************************
  12. by   mercyteapot
    ************************************************** ********************************************OG what is with all these asterisks! I can't make them stop until the bar advances all the way to the right!!!!
  13. by   Tanningtulip
    Hello,

    I am a nurse of 26 years who just moved to Ca three months ago. The jobs are out there but I am in managment so I have had a hard time finding anything. The pay is for an experienced nurse about 30-40 an hour. Depending on where you live, apartments are from 900- 1500. You can get a travel assignment to the area but I think you need a years experience first. I know that alot of the hospitals are hiring new grads. I know that my sister lives in Maryland and it's about the same thing. Hope this helps......

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