You'll never make it in California - page 6

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   danielleny2cali
    I am moving to San Diego in June '07. I have heard great things about Cali. Of course the cost of living is more, but it definitely beats living in some lousy boring little town that you are miserable in. I would rather pay more and live in a great place with opportunity and diversity. Go for it, and you dont like it you can go wherever you want. Some people are just Debbie Downers. Keep your head up girl!
  2. by   cynharrer
    Hi!
    I live in California, about an hour north of San Francisco. I don't know if I could make it anywhere else! We make very good wages here in California and have excellent staffing ratios. I talk to travelers from other states and they tell us that our working conditions are superior. Our 5 to 1 ratios are strictly enforced and what a difference this makes.
    Speaking of travelers, that would be a great way to see the country and have your housing taken care of. If you like your area or hospital, you can sign on as a regular when your contract is up. Several nurses on my floor are former travelers who decided to stay.
    Actually, the wages are so much better in California, that saving for a house may actually be easier. Most of my co-workers are home-owners. On the other hand, there is a tremendous glut of condos, etc, on the market right now, and renting is an attractive option.
    Southern Cal is a completely different place than Northern Cal. My husband, a South Carolina native, went to school in Riverside. He had a chance to travel north with a friend right after school, and decided to relocate here. He's never regretted it. The weather is awesome down in Southern Cal, but Northern Cal is so much prettier. Unfortunately, the highways are also crowded up here. If you are near an urban area, where the big hospitals are, the conditions are crowded.
    Happy California Girl.
  3. by   danielleny2cali
    THANKS!!! What hospitals have good reps in san deigo? I was looking at UCSD b/c its a teaching hospital and I want to continue my education right away.
  4. by   invisiwo
    Dear luv2shop..that will have to go. i am from CA, lived in orange county, but as a traveling nurse, maybe go as a traveller, first, find out as you live there, see what you would get paid as a staff person, do night shift(make more money),try to get specialty area (more money) check it all out before making the commitment permanently.You may have to have 1 year exp 1st tho, but check it out. yes, you may need a roomie! Good Luck!
  5. by   rjw4law
    An Arm and a Leg...the State and Federals will always extract their pound of flesh. Then there is Gasoline, High rent, oh what the heck high every thing. Give it try, there is always something to learn from our experiences.
  6. by   danielleny2cali
    Stay positive! You will be great. Dont listen to the negativity.
  7. by   bethin
    Quote from luv2shopp85
    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 CA sometime before september to work as a new grad.

    I live in pa right now and I'm going to pack up all my stuff and relocate. I might be moving with 2 friends, but I'm not really sure about it. I might end up just living by myself for a while. A lot of people tell me that I'll never make it because its sooo expensive.

    I'm going to be living in the orange county area. When people start with all this negative talk about how expensive CA is and how congested it gets on my nerves.

    It is possible for someone to live in an apartment and work at a hospital in Orange county and live comfortably correct? I won't be pinching pennies will I?
    I hear the same thing from my co workers. I live in Indiana and living here is cheap. They say living in California is expensive (duh!) and that I won't be able to afford it. I reminded them that it was expensive but that you made more in California than you do in Indiana. Remember those cost of living raises???

    They also say that I won't be able to live without my family. Yes, it will be hard not seeing my little two sets of twin nieces but I'll manage with email, phone calls, etc.

    I want to live in the San Diego. I had my hopes of living in Coronado but that area is super expensive. I'm planning a trip to Coronado for Spring Break to check out the area. Might even visit the hospitals-as a non-pt of course.

    And if you can't make it in California, why are there nurses there???

    Good luck to us!!!!
  8. by   danielleny2cali
    I am so glad to hear from more of "us". Sometimes I really feel people are miserable and have nothing good to say. Big cities are not for everyone, thats why there is also suburbia, little towns, depressing cities, etc. Different strokes for different folks.
  9. by   invisiwo
    Always remember, never forget....you are a part of people, but you are also your own adult !!! your own person!! you are not your mom, dad, sister, brother. Go and live your life (I can not seem to underline these, otherwise they would be underlined) enjoy the journey !!!! it is then that you will learn!!! The freedom you will get from knowing that you are your own person is incredible!!! So..............go out and live your life!
  10. by   twotrees2
    Quote from luv2shopp85
    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 CA sometime before september to work as a new grad.

    I live in pa right now and I'm going to pack up all my stuff and relocate. I might be moving with 2 friends, but I'm not really sure about it. I might end up just living by myself for a while. A lot of people tell me that I'll never make it because its sooo expensive.

    I'm going to be living in the orange county area. When people start with all this negative talk about how expensive CA is and how congested it gets on my nerves.

    It is possible for someone to live in an apartment and work at a hospital in Orange county and live comfortably correct? I won't be pinching pennies will I?
    have thought of relocating myself - but have many friends and relatives in cali all over - they all givemne prices of things and it is way above what i could afford to pay even with the higher pay in cali - but then i have a family- relocating would notbe just me - however - if goig with firends and sharing expenses until you get on your feet and then go on your own you may just be able to do well. its the starting out that seems to be the hardest from what i hear.
  11. by   invisiwo
    Dear 2trees2. Some hospitals will hire new grads for specialty units. You just have to either check the Sunday ads or call the hospital and see if they have an internship program for critical care units. I came out of school and went into an open heart surgical unit(adult & Pediatric). It was stressful, but you can do it. Good luck!
  12. by   twotrees2
    Quote from invisiwo
    Dear 2trees2. Some hospitals will hire new grads for specialty units. You just have to either check the Sunday ads or call the hospital and see if they have an internship program for critical care units. I came out of school and went into an open heart surgical unit(adult & Pediatric). It was stressful, but you can do it. Good luck!

    thanks fo rthe vote of confidence wish i was a new grad sometimes - means id be a bit younger but then do i wish too go trough hell all over again hahha. i have been in the field for a quite while and realy have no ambitions to go into a hospital aagain - wonder hwo the LTC pay is in cali lol. think you meant to post this to someone rather than me have a blessed day. tracie
  13. by   chuchie
    Yeah, don't worry what anyone in your family thinks. You are young and the wonderful thing about nursing is that you will have lots of flexibility to find a job if it doesn't work out. This is the time in your life where you should be traveling and taking on new challenges. Would you rather be married with kids and wondering "Oh...what if......" I certainly don't! I moved here because I have always wanted to move here and experience it. Yes, it is expensive......yes, my family ALWAYS brings that fact up along with how I am not living the same "quality of life" as I was when I lived in Minnesota, but I always tell them that I am young and that this is something that I really wanted to experience for myself. Usually this shuts them up!

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