You'll never make it in California - page 7

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   luv2shopp85
    Thanks for all your help everyone! I was looking on craigslist just to browse and I found some nice apartments. My whole thing is I want something thats spacious, 2 bedrooms at the least -maybe 3. I want a pool outside, either washer and dryer in teh apartment or washer and dryer hookup and some utilities paid. I guess I'm pretty picky!

    i just don't want to be living in a little box. if i'm paying over $1,500 i want something a little bit more spacious.

    Does anyone know if theres any way to contact nursing recruiters through email? I'd like to talk to some of them to get more information about the new grad programs and I hate calling because i forget what I want to ask when I'm on the phone and i forget what they tell me.
  2. by   augigi
    You may be able to find email addresses on the hospital websites. It's always better to call about a job though so they have an idea of you in their mind. Maybe you could write down what you want to ask, and practise it before calling. Then write down their answers.

    I always do that or else I forget as well! Good luck.
  3. by   danielleny2cali
    Just go to the hospital website and you will see stuff about new grad programs/nursing, and there is contact info. there.
  4. by   cindy_619
    Ok so after all of this do you still want to move here to CA? If I were you I would try moving to a different part of CA and not Orange county! The rents will take up at least 1/3 of your pay check. Is that worth it, NO! I was born and raised here all my life, have a college degree (UCSD), and am getting now another in nursing and still making ends meet now with school loand and this rent is really hard. If you do not mind sharing an apartment or renting a room in a strangers house then come on down. If not look into Bakersfield, El centro (there is not much there but its still CA), Visalia (new homes for under 350,000, everywhere else 450,000 + ). Im just ttrying to help here but Im getting ready to leave to a different area. I live in San Diego (close to the same as San Francisco in rent) and I am not happy. So its your choice. And yes it is congrested so move abt 5 miles from work if not plan on driving or not really driving but sitting in traffic 1 hr each way even if you live 15 miles from owrk. Good Luck.
  5. by   ERTRAVELER
    just my 2 cents, for whatever it's worth. i'm doing a travel assignment near palm springs and absolutely hate it. the 1:4 ratio is great as long as you don't get all 4 critical patients at the same time, and the management and flow of this er is terrible. of course, the staff thinks we make this astronomical money and we (the travelers) should do all the work. their regular staff "floats" and the travelers have assignments.

    i don't think it's anymore expensive than pa. i lived in pa most of my life and paid $1500 for a townhouse in se pa. the traffic is another story. it took me almost 6 hours to get from la to palm springs on columbus day weekend. it was bumper to bumper traffic for over 100 miles.

    i've been away from my family for almost a year and it's really making me crazy, i think it's just the holidays. i'm going home and going to try to get a travel assignment closer to home for now. don't know if i'll do ca again, really don't enjoy the people here and last week it was in the 30's at night. one other things you might want to consider is car insurance, i actually live in myrtle beach with my son for the past couple of years and the car insurance was astronomical compared to what i paid in pa.

    you have to follow your dreams or you will regret it your entire life, just :xmas_smilies_daz:don't burn your bridges bridges at home. that way you can always go home if it doesn't work out. best of luck!

    follow your dreams, and dance like no one is watching!!!
  6. by   parisgirl
    I moved out to LA from the midwest 2 years ago. Culturally it was shocking but Imade it. Yes its expensive out here but you also make a lot more money. traffic is horrific but u can solve that by just living close to work. I live in hollywood-its very congested. with traffic it can take me a good 30 minutes to drive 5 to 7 miles-it all depends on what neighborhood you live in and what direction you are traveling-just dont live far away from where u work. If you live 5 miles with in work trraffic should not be too much of a nightmare for you.
  7. by   fiveofpeep
    I totally disagree with you Cindy.
    I have lived elsewhere--in dirty, older towns and I love Orange County. My boyfriend has lived here his whole life and has the same feeling as you. It seems like everyone who has grown up in OC shares your feelings but I am just like "what, how could you want to be anywhere else where there is crime, ****** streets, etc."


    Quote from cindy_619
    Ok so after all of this do you still want to move here to CA? If I were you I would try moving to a different part of CA and not Orange county! The rents will take up at least 1/3 of your pay check. Is that worth it, NO! I was born and raised here all my life, have a college degree (UCSD), and am getting now another in nursing and still making ends meet now with school loand and this rent is really hard. If you do not mind sharing an apartment or renting a room in a strangers house then come on down. If not look into Bakersfield, El centro (there is not much there but its still CA), Visalia (new homes for under 350,000, everywhere else 450,000 + ). Im just ttrying to help here but Im getting ready to leave to a different area. I live in San Diego (close to the same as San Francisco in rent) and I am not happy. So its your choice. And yes it is congrested so move abt 5 miles from work if not plan on driving or not really driving but sitting in traffic 1 hr each way even if you live 15 miles from owrk. Good Luck.
  8. by   parisgirl
    in LA you probably wont find anything but a 1 bedroom for 1500-at least if u want to live in an average nice place. upscale apartments can be 1800 for 1bedroom. i live in ok neighborhood (hollywood) 1 bedroom 1250-just up my street its 1700 plus for a 1 bedroom-it just depends-shop around. your take home might be around 3,400-3800/month (thats about what i make for 3 12s a week)depending how much u work-if u do nights etc...
  9. by   DaveSVN
    sure, cost of living may be high here in Cali, but I havn't heard from one nurse (RN/LVN) about their pay and managing their finances, it's been nothing but good feedback. I come from a nursing family (maybe because I'm filipino) and there's no doubt in my mind you can live very, VERY comfortably in the long run if you decide to live for a long time in southern Cali.

    Best of luck to ya.
  10. by   SHOOLY
    Hello,
    I'm From Cali, I Am Trying To Go Back To School For Lpn, I'm Doing Some Research, All Lpn Schools In California Are Very Expensive And I Can't Afford That Much, Is Anyone Know Some Places Who Offers Lpn As Low As 4000 Dollars?
    Thanks.
  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from SHOOLY
    Hello,
    I'm From Cali, I Am Trying To Go Back To School For Lpn, I'm Doing Some Research, All Lpn Schools In California Are Very Expensive And I Can't Afford That Much, Is Anyone Know Some Places Who Offers Lpn As Low As 4000 Dollars?
    Thanks.
    Here is a link to the accredited schools. I would try the community colleges, city colleges, and unified school district programs first.
    When I went to LVN school (back in the Pleistocene) there were four year waits at the community college so I took out a loan.
    Unfortunately the tuition and interest rates on school loans are much higher now.

    California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
  12. by   Pachinko
    I just moved to California and started my first nursing job. I'm making around $29/hour and seeing about 55-60% of my gross income in my paychecks. Consider that taxes, parking (if you pay for it), union dues (if you have a union) , etc. will be taken out. It's really not enough to stretch, especially if you have debt. I'm thinking I will have to work A LOT of per diem (if I can find a per diem job that pays decently) in order to get ahead.
  13. by   lovelymoon
    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?
    HELLO AND WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA YOU WILL BE FINE $$ ITS ALL ABOUT MANAGEMENT. JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE YOU GO ITS EXPENSIVE.
    I HAVE A 28,30 AND 35 YEAR OLD WITH CHILDREN AND THEIR LIVING ON THEIR OWN RAISEING THEIR FAMILYS. ALMOST NEVER DO THEY ASK FOR FINANCIAL HELP.THEY WORK HARD. THE 28 YEAR OLD ATTENDS A UNIVERSITY AND WORKS PART TIME AS A SOCAIL WORKER, SHE MANAGES TO PAY HER BILLS ENCLUDING A $300.00 CAR PYMT.
    YOU WON'T STARVE!!!!!!! THERE ARE TO MANY JOBS OUT HERE! DISNEYLAND AND KNOTTS HIRE YEAR AROUND HEHEHE. THE HOSPITALS ARE ALWAYS HIREING AND HOME HEALTH AGENCYS ARE ALWAYS IN NEED. SOMETIMES TO MUCH FEED BACK FROM OTHER CAN CONFUSE YOU, SO LISTEN TO YOUR SOUL
    YOU WILL MAKE IT AND GLAD YOU MADE THE CHANGE
    GOOD LUCK
    LOVELYMOON

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