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  • May 30

    I know how you feel, I just moved to SoCal from Minnesota and the cost of living shocked me. Right now I live in Riverside County (Corona) and the cost of living here compared to the OC and LA is a lot cheaper. You have to do your research. A cheap apartment may seem like a good deal but the area might not be so good. I look at all of the grocery adds and shop at all of them (Vons, Ralphs, Food for Less, Stater Bros.) and save a lot of money just by controling my grocery bill. Be aware of your spending habits and plan your budget. I see many gas stations where the prices can vary as much as ten cents per gallon. The area is very beautiful with all of the hills and mountains. It does get hot in the summer, but it not a bad drive to the beach. I know that the OC pays higher than jobs out in Riverside County, but you need to also think of traffic, which is HORRIBLE!!!. From where I'm at going west-bound is MUCH WORSE than traveling east-bound. With that in mind you might have to ask yourself if the commute is worth the extra pay, because sometimes it's not. California pays a lot higher for nurses than back home, but the cost of living is higher. However, if you can manage to search for deals and live modestly you can save yourself money, which is what I'm doing. Right now I'm renting a two-bedroom 2.5 bath townhouse in a good area for $1200/month. Split between me and my fiance and his brother and wife and earning the pay that I'm at I'm able to pay off many of my loans and save money for the future. Good luck with your move if you decide to do it! California has been a great experience for me.

  • Jun 29 '16

    Maybe the OP was trying to seek out nurses who have experience with this phenomenon on a daily basis as they are adjusting to their role as an ICU nurse. Just think! All that time you spent writing your sassy reply you could have spent...gasp!...helping another nurse? See the problem?

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    You all beat this guy up for simply stating the obvious. The OP asked a question and even said how they've heard this a lot but NOT ONE time did they say they looked up anything. They came here and asked a question a VERY simple google search would result in 100 pages of info that would explain this concept to them.

    I think it's a very valid question to the OP that they research this. Now if the OP came here and asked "hey I looked up anion gap and have a few questions about x y z" then sure I don't see a problem with that, but they didn't do that. Telling the person to actually do some simple research is not "eating their young." Its acting like a professional and being able to think for yourself and not just getting someone else to give you the answer because you don't feel like looking up something yourself.