Southern California Bound

  1. [font=Comic Sans MS]I'm new to traveling and old to nursing. What is Southern California like? Long Beach and LA area?.. Looking towards a short term (8 weeks) at first. Email me or what works best for you all. Thanks for any input.
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  3. by   Hopegirl
    I am a native San Diegan... I love Southern California and think that it's one of the best places in the world to live. The beaches are nice, albeit cold.

    LA has some really nice parts as well - Santa Monica being one of my favorites.

    I don't really have much interesting info to add other than I think you will like it, and good luck!

    -J
  4. by   PennyC2000
    Thank you...

    Are there many vegetarian places out there? Are most of the hospitals computer charting now? What is your ICU ratios? Questions and questions without answers. lol

    thanks,
  5. by   CHATSDALE
    I Lived In Socal For A While A Long Time Ago And I Enjoyed It Very Much Weather Was Perfect
  6. by   Hopegirl
    Quote from PennyC2000
    Thank you...

    Are there many vegetarian places out there? Are most of the hospitals computer charting now? What is your ICU ratios? Questions and questions without answers. lol

    thanks,
    Are you looking for vegetarian restaurants? If so, then yes, we do have some and lots of good health food stores as well. Southern Californians tend to be quite health conscious, so you can probably find everything you could ever want in regards to living a vegetarian lifestyle.

    In terms of computer charting, well I am not a nurse yet, but I happen to know that several of our hospitals are computer charting. I'm not positive on our ICU ratios, but I believe it's 1 nurse for every 2 patients.

    Hope this helps!
    -J
  7. by   jemb
    Some hospitals use computer charting, but most do not.

    ICU ratio is 1:2.

    Cost of living is high anywhere in SoCal, but slightly less as you get further away from the coast. Same for traffic volume.

    Population is very diverse. Per the 2000 census, no racial/ethnic group is a majority.

    SoCal also has a variety of climates- all within a couple hours drive. The mountain areas have seasons complete with snow and ski resorts.

    The coastal areas have little rain most years, and the temperature rarely dips below 40, and just as rarely reaches 100.

    The valleys and the inland empire can be 20 degrees hotter than the coastal areas in the summer and generally 10 degrees cooler in the winter months. Even so, the temps may only reach freezing points once or twice a year.

    The high desert areas have even greater extremes in temperatures. Summers can stay in the 100-115 range, and winters reach freezing temps and have occassional snow.

    It's an interesting place to live. Hard to get bored here.
  8. by   PennyC2000
    "Southern Californians tend to be quite health conscious, so you can probably find everything you could ever want in regards to living a vegetarian lifestyle.

    In terms of computer charting, well I am not a nurse yet, but I happen to know that several of our hospitals are computer charting. I'm not positive on our ICU ratios, but I believe it's 1 nurse for every 2 patients. "

    Thanks..It is sounding better and better.

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