California shortage - page 4

I am currently a nursing student but something has drawn my attention. I notice that in all the nursing magazines they pass out for free at our school that there are tons of nursing positions in CA.... Read More

  1. by   Teshiee
    It is all geographical .......
  2. by   deathnurse
    Southern California house in crummy neighborhood $150,000. Condo $110,000

    Nurse salary $45K to $55K pretty much throughout your lifetime as a nurse, starting out or experienced.

    Buying a house takes another person with a steady income.

    Rent: $650 one bedroom in Redondo Beach 4 miles from the beach when I left in 2000.

    Nursing is a half-decent "second income" type job. Marry someone with a "real" job.
  3. by   JoniL&DRN
    Quote from Mimi2RN
    Housing here is not bad, you can buy a house for $100,000 to $200,000, doable on a nurses paycheck. New houses near us from $129,000

    New grads get just over $27/hour plus diffs. Extra shifts are very well paid. There is no mandatory OT.

    We are within driving distance of LA and SF, the coast and the mountains are all just a few hours drive. 3 to LA, 4 to SF
    mimi2rn...you must be close to me. We live in Hanford and paid $132,000 last year. Small world
  4. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    When I worked in Arizona, about 50% of the nurses were from the Phillipines.
    Remember, there is no nursing shortage- just a shortage of nurses who are willing to work in lousy conditions.
  5. by   smileystudent
    Quote from Cynthiann
    I'm wondering, how much does it cost to buy a house in So Cal that is still near the city? One that is around 1500-2000 sq ft.

    In the surrounding area of San Diego houses like that are 450-500k now. you may find a fixer upper for slightly and I mean slightly cheaper.
    Unfortunately I'm priced out of the housing market here.
  6. by   rn4booboo
    There is an inevitable housing crash coming Cali's way soon. Not that it will make things cheap (never LOL) but it may make it affordable. 2 years ago I bought my house and it is now worth close to 600,000. So wait till prices go down.
    Murrieta Dawn
  7. by   movealong
    I lived in Ocean Beach, San Diego and in Redondo Beach, LA. Redondo was alot more expensive than San Diego. But I rented. A 1 br apt 2 blocks from the beach In Ocean beach was 440 a month. But it was kinda run down. I didn't care at the time, I was doing a very relaxed lifestyle there: rode my bike to work at a clinic 6 miles away. The landlady never raised my rent, but I didn't bother her for much. She would pay for paint, and I'd do the work . It worked out fine for me. That was 9 years ago.

    Redondo Beach is nice, cost me 800. a month for a very large 1 BR 2 blocks from the water. This was 10 years ago. Didn't like it as much as San Diego.

    I left because even 10 years ago I could not afford to buy in either place on my salary alone. There was just no way. I loved San Diego, you can't beat it.

    I moved back to the midwest and bought a small house. Now I'm gettng ready to sell, and am moving yet again to Flagstaff, Az. I think I can just barely afford to buy there on my salary. I'm hoping it all works out!
  8. by   Dr. Gonzo
    Yep their is a huge shortage of RNs in california. In my hospital their looking to for around 50 RNs to hire.
  9. by   Sheri257
    Things can change quickly, especially in the cheaper housing areas. Last year my husband and I bought a house in the high desert for $150,000, which was about the average at the time. However, just in the last year, prices have jumped $50,000 and the average is now $200,000. I guess it's because of the October fires taking out so many homes. And, we're also within a half hour's drive to the San Benardino/Riverside and other areas, so there are a lot of commuters moving here for cheaper housing.

    It is all geographical, among other things. Drive a few miles to other towns that don't even have a grocery store (but one of them does have a prison and, shall we say, the residents to go with it ), and you can knock $50,000-$100,000 off the price easily.

    From what I understand, half of the nursing school grads stay here and work for slightly lower pay, usually for between $20-$25. The other half commutes to the above mentioned and other areas for higher pay, usually in the $25-30 range and, possibly, more than that, once they obtain experience and can work registry and things like that.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on May 20, '04
  10. by   Sheri257
    Quote from rn4booboo
    There is an inevitable housing crash coming Cali's way soon. Not that it will make things cheap (never LOL) but it may make it affordable. 2 years ago I bought my house and it is now worth close to 600,000. So wait till prices go down.
    Murrieta Dawn
    You know, I actually agree with you. And I've been saying that for five years now.

    But I'm still waiting ...

    The problem is, during the last real estate crash, prices decreased about 20 percent. That's not going to help much in markets with double and triple appreciation. Unfortunately, 20 percent off a $600,000 house isn't going to make it much more affordable.

    :chuckle
    Last edit by Sheri257 on May 20, '04

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