torn between CALIFORNIA or ILLINOIS - page 2

hi everbody! i want to know your opinion. which is a better place to start my career as a nurse? im going to file my nclex next month and im torn between these 2 places.i have visited both but i... Read More

  1. by   live4today
    Yes, a nurse can be licensed in more than one state simply by "licensure by endorsement" from each state's board of nursing. I have many nursing licenses on "inactive status" from my prior days of travel nursing.

    I am a travel nurse now in CA. I have always loved CA -- especially the coastal areas of Southern California. CA is a beautiful state, and the oceans are breathtaking to say the least!

    I'm also from the midwest and have a great love for that part of America as well. The four season changes in the midwest are each beautiful to behold, especially the first winter snowfall, Autumn's full array of fall colors and crisp air, Spring's gorgeous flowers and the smell of a fresh fallen rainfall, and my least favorite season...Summer. Summer in the midwest is hot and muggy at times. It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the humidity.
  2. by   FutureNurse2005
    We'll be moving to California when I graduate! Our family is living there (or will be by that time) and we want to be with them and away from Canadian Winters!!
  3. by   pinayhomegirl
    thanks a lot for all your advices.. how about the salary? is it better in LA or in illinois? but to be honest, i think i'm in love with LA!!!it's so beautiful to say the least. im here in glendale but im planning to settle here for good.
  4. by   Monica79
    You may want to do some research on Cali. From what I've read, Cali has a huge shortage...largest in the nation for nurses. So, I guess you could find a job anywhere...but imagine the working conditions. I would check out www.aha.org (american hospital association).



    Quote from pinayhomegirl
    hi everbody! i want to know your opinion. which is a better place to start my career as a nurse? im going to file my nclex next month and im torn between these 2 places.i have visited both but i can't still decide. maybe you can help me.. like telling me the advantages and the disadvantages..thanks a lot, if you know any good hospital or recuiting agency..pls pm me. thanks again
    any information you will provide me will surely help me!!!
  5. by   hael171972
    ohh youre in glendale!!!!i have relatives in glendale...and im planning to be there too..
    im still here in the philippines...got all the exams except for nclex-rn..i do have my visa screen...just waiting for approval from the hospital if they would proceed with the petition...
    hope to see you there someday!!!

    Quote from pinayhomegirl
    thanks a lot for all your advices.. how about the salary? is it better in la or in illinois? but to be honest, i think i'm in love with la!!!it's so beautiful to say the least. im here in glendale but im planning to settle here for good.
  6. by   NannaNurse
    I live in Illinois and I work in Missouri......the pay stinks! I live in the St.Louis metro area and although i keep up my lic. in Illinois, I prefer to work in Missouri.
    The weather is ok here, hot in the summer and can get quite cold in the winter....snow, ice, etc.....
    I lived in Calif until I was 8 and have family there......the cost of living is greater, but the pay is more too, plus the new ratio laws are great........if you work longterm care, expect to have atleast 25-30 pts and virtually NO help because your always short of cna/tech's. I work in Rehab and like it. We usually have 6-8 pts and work with a tech. The only problem is that the acuity of our pts is getting worse and worse........we care for icu/critical care pts who are NOT ready for rehab..........but that is nursing.....over-worked and under paid........good luck!!
  7. by   apogee
    California is a hell hole. Over run with illegal aliens that have more rights than a citizen. Avoid the political correctness as long as you can. Strive for a realistic, common sense, common folks, picket fence exsistance for as long as you can. California is a rat race. Remember: No matter if you win or lose the rat race, your still a rat......
  8. by   fiestynurse
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  9. by   Blackcat99
    :chuckle I would not want to live in Calif. again. Rent was so expensive! If you love constant traffic and getting stuck in freeway traffic then Calif. is the right place. Good luck.
  10. by   tiredfeetED
    Quote from apogee
    California is a hell hole. Over run with illegal aliens that have more rights than a citizen. Avoid the political correctness as long as you can. Strive for a realistic, common sense, common folks, picket fence exsistance for as long as you can. California is a rat race. Remember: No matter if you win or lose the rat race, your still a rat......
    Haha... you work for corrections...no one in the u.s. has more rights than Ca convicts!!!
    Cali is a nice place to live...housing is still afordable in Central Cali. jobs are everywhere for RNs and the pay is decent!
  11. by   aspenice
    California is the pit of hell. It is expensive, hot and crowded. I am from the east coast and it is so much nicer
  12. by   rn3504
    Quote from wannablpn2005
    [font=lucida sans unicode]so you are able to be licensed in more than one state a a time? i live in ky but am attending school in illinois, i only live about 20 miles over the state line, and the nursing office was saying that i would have to choose to get my license in ky or illinois. but actually i was hoping to be able to be licensed in both states. or maybe florida eventually...lol

    i just graduated from an il nursing school and it is true you have to pick one or the other states, but you can get a bistate license- after you recieve one you can apply for the other. i am getting my mo license first and then my il.
  13. by   rn3504
    I live in southern IL and if pay is a deciding factor I have heard that CA pays more. The pay in the northern part of the state is not bad though.

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