You'll never make it in California - page 8

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   Agnus
    So all the people living in California myself included we are not making it? Have you heard about crabs in a bucket? When one tries to climb out the others try to pull it back down.

    You can tell your friends I have lived in Pensylvania and California. Quite frankly I am much better off financially than I ever was in Pensylvania. Since I am guessing those whe are telling you this have never lived in California why even give them the time a day.

    Of course you can make it here and you can thrive here. Nurses are in very high demand and we make a nice salary. Don't worrry about the cost of living taxes etc. because your salary will be higher and because of the taxes (as I recall PA taxes were not exactly low) because you get a return on your taxes that is not experienced in Pensylvania in terms of the benefits that result from your taxes.
  2. by   Agnus
    Quote from 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.
    Don't worry about utilities we do not have the heating cost that eat you alive in PA. Sewer, water and garbage should (thought not always) be included automatically. In the Worst months my combined utility bill was less than $150. Most months like now for example it is under $50. i have a 2 bedroom town house 1000 sq feet.
  3. by   Tami707
    I just have to add my two cents. I've lived in Cali my entire life. I'm currently in Nursing school, my husband is our sole support and we are raising two kids on less than $35,000/yr in a rental house in Northern California. We literally scrape by each month. BUT, when I graduate, I know that my starting pay will be at least $40/hr. and life will be much easier. California is doable. I can't even think of living anywhere else, it is definately, to me, the most beautiful place on the earth. Good luck, you CAN do it.
  4. by   fiveofpeep
    you know what I think is lame...
    my mom is a new grad in nor cal and makes almost 40 an hr and her brand new home cost 450k

    but in oc you start at 28 an hr and the homes cost 650k and then there is HOA fees etc. I get depressed when I think about it, but Im sure as long as I get married eventually I will be able to afford living here. Being single and not having a combined income is what makes it unlivable--and only if you want to buy a home.
  5. by   Sheri257
    Quote from maggiofliore
    you know what I think is lame...
    my mom is a new grad in nor cal and makes almost 40 an hr and her brand new home cost 450k

    but in oc you start at 28 an hr and the homes cost 650k and then there is HOA fees etc. I get depressed when I think about it, but Im sure as long as I get married eventually I will be able to afford living here. Being single and not having a combined income is what makes it unlivable--and only if you want to buy a home.
    I don't mean to sound like a broken record but, not all of us live in expensive areas like OC and the Bay Area and pay half a million for a house. I'm very happy financially in Cali.

    I live out in the desert, I bought my house for $150K, my fixed 30 year mortgage is less than $1200 a month and I'll be making $45 an hour, with benefits, after I pass the NCLEX and become an RN. Within a year or so I'll be making $50 an hour with benefits.

    Yes, I will have a 45 minute commute but, for that money it's worth it. For me, at least, California is still the golden state.

    :typing
  6. by   fiveofpeep
    I did not mean to complain about california as a state. IF you read my previous posts on this thread you would have seen that I cant imagine living elsewhere; however, I find it mildly annoying that my mom makes more in the east bay than I ever will in south orange county. (of course I am very happy for her though)

    I dont know why it is like that but it is and that is a shame. You just have to equate that at 28 dollars with taxes you are only making about 45k a year.
  7. by   Agnus
    Question, several posters stated they will start at $40 and $45 an hour as new grads. Where are you expecting to work for this as a new grad starting rate?

    I am guessing it is somewhere in the Bay. I started at $33.14 with 6 years experience just last year.
  8. by   fiveofpeep
    Quote from Agnus
    Question, several posters stated they will start at $40 and $45 an hour as new grads. Where are you expecting to work for this as a new grad starting rate?

    I am guessing it is somewhere in the Bay. I started at $33.14 with 6 years experience just last year.

    Ive heard rates like that for Kaiser. I was always quoted that and thought nursing was such a lucrative career, but its not and I still want to do it. :spin:
  9. by   nurse51rn
    If you want to make it in Ca, you will. I moved here 3 years ago and lived in an apartment until I bought my house this year. I just started a new job at $10. an hour more than my old job. My old job still paid double what I was making in the midwest. And more importantly, NO SNOW!
  10. by   CaLLaCoDe
    so your planning to move to caifornia...go for it!!! I love Fullerton California; as a teenager I volunteered at St Jude Hospital (nice place!) and now expanded...clean beautiful, nice
    I especially like the schools of study FJC and CSUF...took a lot of classes at FJC way before going into nursing.
    Yes, California is expensive, but with sign on bonuses, bonus shifts at the ready and work that pays better than retail...go for it! Warm weather here you come!
  11. by   RNnewgrad
    I'm moving to San Diego to start a RN new grad program next week. I can tell you the pay is about ten dollars more an hour and my rent in PB (with a roomie) is fifty dollars more a month than I pay to live in downtown Denver. Each hospital i interviewed with offered a generous sign-on bonus and they all have ER and ICU new grad programs. Some even offer the BSN for free.
    If you haven't already, check out some CA nurse mags (some are online).

    There are ads in them from hospitals hiring nurses and listed are the incentives and often hourly pay each one offers. With the increase in pay and benefits, housing is expensive--but you are making more...so it works out about the same.

    Because they are in critical need and have a union, I understand CA to be an awesome place for nurses.
    And, hey, if CA was impossible for people to afford, no one would live there! Most people are not rich!


    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?
  12. by   RNnewgrad
    I'm starting in SD as a new grad for $29 plus $4 diff for mandatory nights, $3000 sign-on, and BSN for free, with benefits costing $40/month.


    Quote from Agnus
    Question, several posters stated they will start at $40 and $45 an hour as new grads. Where are you expecting to work for this as a new grad starting rate?

    I am guessing it is somewhere in the Bay. I started at $33.14 with 6 years experience just last year.
  13. by   RNnewgrad
    I looked up hospitals on the internet, went to their sites, and applied...then flew out to interview. Hoag Hospital is big.


    Quote from 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.

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