Michigan vs. California

  1. First of all, being a freshman at a community college and knowing what I want to be and being on these forums helps me so much! I love reading what everybody has to say.

    I currently go to OCC in the Detroit, Michigan area. My mother lives around the San Francisco bay area in California and my dad lives in Detroit. As much as I'd love to move back to California, my residency is now in Michigan as I was helping my father when he got divorced. I was wondering what the California bay area nursing pay or education was like?
    Also, does anyone know or have any first-hand experience about the Oakland University nursing programs? I had a government night class, so I missed the meeting they had scheduled when I could've asked all my questions!
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   TheCommuter
    Since the San Francisco Bay area is a high cost-of-living region, the RNs there enjoy some of the highest pay rates in the nation. The only drawback is that there's not really a "nursing shortage" there, since nurses from all over the country want to live there. In other words, the nursing market is overly saturated there, but you should find your dream job after a month or two of persistent looking. New RNs in that area never earn less than $40 hourly.

    Nursing schools in the Bay area typically have a 3-year waiting list and are fiercely competitive, so it might be better if you completed your nursing education in Michigan.
  4. by   lotus32
    Hi,
    You can try this link.

    http://www2.oakland.edu/nursing/bsn.cfm

    I'm graduating in May and I was considering OU for my BSN completion. The other poster may be right about the oversaturation of nurses in that area, but did you consider travel nursing? Well once you graduate of course. Just curious, are you in the program yet? If not, then you should apply at HFCC, Schoolcraft and WCCCD and Macomb. I got accepted to Schoolcraft's LPN program the same time I got accepted to the RN program at WCCCD. So even though they always tell you there's a two year wait list, a lot of people give up their spots for various reasons so there's always a chance they'll call you early. Anyway, goodluck.

    Steph :spin:
  5. by   MA Nurse
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Since the San Francisco Bay area is a high cost-of-living region, the RNs there enjoy some of the highest pay rates in the nation. The only drawback is that there's not really a "nursing shortage" there, since nurses from all over the country want to live there. In other words, the nursing market is overly saturated there, but you should find your dream job after a month or two of persistent looking. New RNs in that area never earn less than $40 hourly.

    Nursing schools in the Bay area typically have a 3-year waiting list and are fiercely competitive, so it might be better if you completed your nursing education in Michigan.
    I work in the Bay Area, and believe me, there still is a nursing shortage..not sure where you got your info, but our hospitals are still short-staffed even with travelers.
  6. by   Annieee
    Quote from lotus32
    Hi,
    You can try this link.

    http://www2.oakland.edu/nursing/bsn.cfm

    I'm graduating in May and I was considering OU for my BSN completion. The other poster may be right about the oversaturation of nurses in that area, but did you consider travel nursing? Well once you graduate of course. Just curious, are you in the program yet? If not, then you should apply at HFCC, Schoolcraft and WCCCD and Macomb. I got accepted to Schoolcraft's LPN program the same time I got accepted to the RN program at WCCCD. So even though they always tell you there's a two year wait list, a lot of people give up their spots for various reasons so there's always a chance they'll call you early. Anyway, goodluck.

    Steph :spin:
    Thanks so much! I'll have to check out WCCCD and HFCC

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