Hello everyone! I have been reading posts on this site for a while now, but have just decided to make an account to get some advice.
I graduated with my BSN in May 2011 and have been working at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in the PICU for a little over 1 year now. I am planning on moving to Los Angeles around February, and could really use some input if any of you guys have experience in any hospitals out there! I definitely want to stick with peds and either stay in the PICU or try hem/onc.. but I am open to anything, as long as I get a job! I have been researching CHOC, Children's of LA, and Mattel Children's. I actually applied to all three when I originally graduated from nursing school, but did not get an interview with any because I was out of state and I assume that they did not take my application seriously. I am hoping that this time, with over a year of PICU experience under my belt, I will have a good chance of getting in to one of these hospitals. I will also be sure to include "relocating to California" on my resume, heh.
So, has anyone worked or had clinical at CHOC, CHLA, or Mattel? If so, could you tell me a little about the facility? The other nurses? Payscale? Any tips for my applications or interviews (if I get any!)
Hi, I work at CHLA. The pay is not great, but my friends who work PICU love it. The acuity is VERY HIGH. It would not be hard to be hired there with PICU experience.
CHOC is not LA, it's in Orange County, a completely different animal. People who don't live in LA don't realize how far apart and how different they are. See above post, re: traffic. Mattel Children's @ UCLA, not really a children's hospital. The Westside of LA is VERY expensive, but they will pay more than CHLA, would probably be harder to get a job there as there are fewer beds etc.
You could also try county-usc, they have peds, also white memorial, or Miller's Long beach. But until you become familiar with LA geography, do not decide anything until you have all the pieces of the commute/pay/rental prices/acuity/ work environment puzzle.
PS. CHLA is THE place for heme-onc so if you want to move into Heme-Onc we see a bazillion pts with every type of disorder you can think of
Last edit by vivasmom on Oct 26, '12
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