You'll never make it in California - page 5

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   Tanningtulip
    I just made a suggestion. I have no idea what your situation is. I had an abusive husband who nearly killed me. I spent 5 days in the hospital worrying about my kids. I left CA and went to Arkansas. I have just now moved back.
  2. by   FockerInTraining
    Hi Kellyann

    Have you thought of perhaps working the night shift? That way you could go to work and your BF could watch your son while he's off of work. Then you could be home with your son in the daytime. Plus you would be making a considerable amount more money. Just a thought.
    Last edit by FockerInTraining on Nov 17, '06
  3. by   Tanningtulip
    I wanted to clarify my response about the in home daycare. What I meant was that you could probably do that and not have to work outside and be with your son. I never did have to work weekends. Everyone wants to leave their child with a nurse. I am sorry that it came across wrong. I didn't want to leave my kids with my husband either. Just a suggestion. Good Luck.
  4. by   juliaj75
    About Making it in California... i have to be honest... I have lived in California for 10 years now... and I am just getting ready to enter the nursing field here. and I Say GO for it... but be prepared... you will have to work alot to be able to enjoy things that you may have taken for granted in PA. I came here from the midwest and things are totally expensive... but you only live once. But as far as what everyone says.. is true. pick a place close to where you live..maybe find a job before you find a place to live.. cause the commute can be hell.. but for the most part california is a great place... One critical thing... though. the hospitals are big on graduating from accredited programs here.. BRN, NLN. I have a friend who can not get a job cause he did not grad from an NLN accredited program.
  5. by   Sheri257
    Quote from juliaj75
    One critical thing... though. the hospitals are big on graduating from accredited programs here.. BRN, NLN. I have a friend who can not get a job cause he did not grad from an NLN accredited program.
    Huh?

    My school is a community college that's not NLN accredited. Yet, when I organized my school's job fair, I didn't have enough room for all of the hospitals that wanted to attend.

    The hospitals in my area at least could care less about whether the school is NLN accredited. All they care about is if the program is BRN accredited.

    :typing
  6. by   NorCalMel
    Don't listen to others, just come! I've lived in California all of my 31 years of life and most likely I won't be moving to another state anytime soon. Before going back to nursing school, I lived and worked in San Francisco making $43,000 a year and I had my own nice studio apt. I wasn't rich but I had fun and was able to make ends meet. If I move back to SF and work as a nurse I will make a minimum of $80,000.

    If you want to buy a house it's more difficult financially than renting. But don't worry about that now. Just move out here for the experience, overall it's a great place to live!

    I'm planning to live in Australia after a couple of years of nursing experience where I'll make quite a bit less than here in CA. But, I'm doing for the experience and because Australia is one of my favorite places!

    Good luck!
  7. by   actress8503
    Hey luv2shopp85...I really like your post because the exact same thing is happening to me. I am 21 and graduating in May and have wanted to move to California since I was a freshman in high school. I have lived in AZ my entire life and have only dreamt about getting away to a brand new place. I love Cali. I have been there many times since it is the next state over, but my family is extremely hard on me anytime I mention that I want to move. They are unsupportive and always tell me I will die in an earthquake if I move there (I don't think they mean that...they just don't want me to leave). They also tell me I won't be able to afford it there. It would be a little scary to move there because I wouldn't know a single person out there, and I was planning on going alone, but all of these posts have given me the confidence that it is very possible. What I would like to do is gain residency because I want to apply to USC for grad school to become a CRNA. Just out of curiousity...does anybody out there know how long it takes to gain residency in Cali? Also, is it a common occurence for hospitals out there to take a new grad for ER or ICU? I need at least a year of experience to apply to be a CRNA.
  8. by   Sheri257
    I moved out here single, alone with no family or a friend to my name. Don't let it scare you. I had done it many times not just in Cali for other states. It's great for figuring out where you want to live.

    When I first moved here I lived in San Francisco and, to me, that was the friendliest city in the world. People would literally stop and talk to you on the street ... sometimes even when you didn't want them to. :chuckle

    In SoCal btw, not all of the hospitals hire into ICU or the ER but most of them do. You shouldn't have any problems there, especially if you're willing to work night shift although, you can still sometimes find day shifts with those jobs also.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Nov 22, '06
  9. by   GYPSY1349
    I'd recommend you visit the website PaycheckCity.com and plug in your numbers. You can type in the state you're working in, and how many deductions you'll claim, and if your pay will be hourly, weekly, bi-weekly, etc. and it calculates your net paycheck for you easily.

    I've been in Northern Ca since January, and can tell you that the cost of living IS high, and the wages the nurses earn here don't cover them, unless they're married, have another job, or have money tucked away somewhere to make up for what their wages don't cover.

    My situation is a little better because I'm on a travel contract, and my housing and utilities are paid for by my agency, however, the amount taken out of my checks bi-weekly for state taxes, state disability and unemployement (which are mandatory deductions) and city taxes are more than some people make in a month elsewhere.

    I make "better than average wages", due to being a traveler, but although I've been offered a full-time position several times during the past year, as much as I love my work environment, with what I've been offered, I would not be able to afford to live here.

    All the nurses that I work with, with the exception of those that have a second income from a husband or other source, have second jobs, either picking up perdiem shifts or outright working at a second facility or in home health. That's the reality of life in California.

    Craig's list is a good source of info for finding apartments, but anywhere in CA, be sure you know the neighborhoods before being taken in by what appears to be low/affordable rents. Keep in mind also, that food, gas, etc. are all priced higher.

    This is not trying to be negative, or rain on your plans. Just know that everything you hear about the cost of living is true, and if you still want to be in California, then by all means, take the plunge. This state is desperate for nurses, and finding a nursing job is the easiest thing to do here. While I personally prefer Northern CA, (and have worked in both) I'm sure that with a lot of research, you can find there are some areas in Southern CA where you could make a home.

    Be prepared, do your research and make a budget you can live with, allowing for extras so you can enjoy your life outside of work...cross your fingers, say a prayer, keep a positive "can do" attitude, and you can live wherever you want. Good luck to you, and folllow your heart!
  10. by   GYPSY1349
    I thought about recommending she try a travel assignment first also, but it requires at least a year as a nurse...and you do need the year's experience if you're going to do well as a travel nurse.
  11. by   DRenfro
    You are a Registered Nurse definitely you would make it in California. Registered Nurses in California make so much money you wouldnt believe it. Every RN that I worked with at Kaweah Delta District Hospital in Visalia made at least working night shift with the differential made between 35-40 dollars per hour. There was always opportunity to work overtime for them to make even more and too they have this thing called ESI which means Extra shift incentives which allowed them to earn their regular wage plus another 500 tacked onto that to take an extra shift. One of the RNs who had been an lvn for a long time once she bacame an RN she has been able to purchase multiple homes there and they arent cheap. A decent home in that area starts around 250k. She had multiple homes in that range due to making so much.

    Good Luck!
  12. by   Sheri257
    Quote from GYPSY1349
    All the nurses that I work with, with the exception of those that have a second income from a husband or other source, have second jobs, either picking up perdiem shifts or outright working at a second facility or in home health. That's the reality of life in California.
    Personally, I think that's the reality of life for some RN's in California.

    It all depends on when you moved here, what area you moved to and when you bought your house. For those RN's who bought cheap years ago in coastal areas or, went further inland and bought their houses for cheap there ... the increased cost of living and accompanying increased wages have benefitted them tremendously.

    I only know of one RN who works two jobs and he just does it for the extra money. Yet, I know of another RN who's mortgage is only $600 a month and she's already made $78K this year. She just bought a Hummer with her extra income and only works one job. This is pretty typical of most of the RN's I know of in my area, where the vast majority of RN's only work one job.

    Now ... if those same RN's had just moved to San Fran, Orange County, San Diego or LA and paid $500K for a house, it would probably be a completely different story.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Nov 22, '06
  13. by   NorCalMel
    To actress8503, are you planning to go to the University of Southern California? If you are, then you don't need to worry about residency because USC is a private school (you will pay a lot of money whether you are from CA or not). The residency requirement applies to the California State University, and the University of California campuses, which are there many.

    I live in Northern CA and almost all hospitals up here (Sacramento and San Francisco Bay Area) will hire new grads into the ICU.

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