California Nursing!!

  1. Hello!!! Any nurses in The California area?! I am interested in moving to LA once I finish nursing school. I would like to know a little bit about the nursing world there!! How is the pay? Cost of living? Job opportunities for new grads? Any advice? Any and all would be helpful ������

    Thank you!!
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  3. by   Wolf at the Door
    How is the pay? sucky
    Cost of living? terrible half your pay is rent.
    Job opportunities for new grads? very difficult
    Any advice? think of another location.
  4. by   caliotter3
    There is an entire subforum on California nursing. You will find threads about nursing employment there that date back many years as well as recent ones. Not much changes. Very few jobs, low pay, skyrocketing cost of living.
  5. by   caliotter3
    Quote from Wolf at the Door
    How is the pay? sucky
    Cost of living? terrible half your pay is rent.
    Job opportunities for new grads? very difficult
    Any advice? think of another location.
    I need to move. Rent for a smaller apartment is anywhere from $800 to $1800 more than what I currently pay, which is more than 90% of my fixed income. I have to work to have anything more than rent. My pay is less than I made 15 years ago. Stagnant wages, decreasing wages for those jobs that can be found. There are no gold-paved roads in California, never have been. However, if one is homeless, they can live under a bridge without necessarily freezing to death in winter.
  6. by   angjam
    Omg!!! 😱 I would have never thought that! I heard the RN's were paid really good!! Thank you ladies soooooo much for your honesty. I kinda have second thoughts now haha. I really wanted to move there. I thought with the cost of living, and the pay, that everything would even out.
  7. by   caliotter3
    There are some good paying RN jobs but those jobs are taken by nurses who have no intention of giving up their work anytime soon. And what good is it to have that job (if you can get it) when the rent or mortgage payment far exceeds your available monthly income? I recently posted that the average rent for a one bedroom apartment in the greater San Francisco area is $3803, just this June. Try paying that on $16 an hour (LVN pay) or perhaps $22 an hour (RN pay), what some home health agencies offer their nurses. Not everyone can get those nice RN jobs that are already held by nurses that intend on dying in those positions. The CA economy is meant for no one except the wealthy and those who live off others as a way of life.
  8. by   angjam
    Omg!!! ������ I would have never thought that! I heard the RN's were paid really good!! Thank you ladies soooooo much for your honesty. I kinda have second thoughts now haha. I really wanted to move there. I thought with the cost of living, and the pay, that everything would even out.
  9. by   shibaowner
    There is a lot of discussion under the U.S. tab, then go to California. You will find a lot of information there. SF, LA, and SD are very expensive to live in. However, California is huge and if you are willing to live in a more inland area, there are jobs and the cost of living is very reasonable. Look at East San Diego County, Inland Empire, Lancaster, Bakersfield, Modesto, Fresno, Stockton, Davis, Redding. For example, in Redding, a nice 1 BR apt is $600 to $700 per month and buying a house is quite doable. It is a beautiful area next to Mt. Shasta, Shasta Lake, etc. Only downside is that it can get super hot (but dry) in the summer.
  10. by   angjam
    Thank you so much!!!!! That is a much better response hahaha
  11. by   Wolf at the Door
    Quote from angjam
    Thank you so much!!!!! That is a much better response hahaha
    you wanted the 411 on LA not the inland empire or Redding, california (which is 8 hours from LA.).

    When looking at cost of living Check out Zillow and apartment listing online to better understand cost of living.

    Use the search feature tons of moving to LA threads. Tons of information on your questions.
    http://allnurses.com/gsearch.php?cx=...o+los+angeles+

    Who hires new grads rn in la, ca
    Last edit by Wolf at the Door on Jul 23 : Reason: avoid controversy
  12. by   angjam
    I am not sure if I am reading your comment wrong, and do not want to take it the wrong way. But what is the point of you telling me the black population?? And how diverse Sacramento is? And by the way, I was actually thinking of Sacramento as well. I want all the 411 you can give me
  13. by   shibaowner
    I don't know what your problem is with Redding. My clinic treats a lot of Hispanics and Native Americans. Yes, Redding has a relatively low African American population and I have no idea why. As far as I know, there is nothing stopping African Americans from moving there. There are a lot of healthcare jobs in Redding, as the 2 major industries are tourism and healthcare.
  14. by   angjam
    I am not sure if I am reading your comment wrong, and do not want to take it the wrong way. But what is the point of you telling me the black population?? And how diverse Sacramento is? And by the way, I was actually thinking of Sacramento as well. I want all the 411 you can give me

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