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California Job Opportunities?

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by enoelle enoelle (New) New Nurse

Specializes in NICU. Has 2 years experience.

Hi everyone- I am planning on moving to Huntington Beach, CA next March (2021) and am worried about finding a job out there. Due to COVID-19, I've heard of a lot of California hospitals laying off nurses due to debts. Can anybody give me any insight into what is really going on and if California hospitals are looking for new hires? Thanks!

On 5/31/2020 at 10:40 PM, enoelle said:

Hi everyone- I am planning on moving to Huntington Beach, CA next March (2021) and am worried about finding a job out there. Due to COVID-19, I've heard of a lot of California hospitals laying off nurses due to debts. Can anybody give me any insight into what is really going on and if California hospitals are looking for new hires? Thanks!

As long as you’re not a new grad, you shouldn’t have a problem

LBC_RN, BSN

Specializes in Mental Health. Has 8 years experience.

I work at the VA Long Beach which is about 15- 20 minutes drive from Huntington Beach. Several of my colleagues live in HB. My point is Long Beach hospitals are not too far a commute for you so you have those options as well 🙂 I can’t speak for other hospitals in the area but I know for a fact that VA Long Beach has not been laying staff off due to covid, quite the opposite. We are currently hiring nurses. Check out jobs at usajobs.gov. Anyway best of luck! 🙂

buffalo2122, ADN, BSN, MSN

Specializes in Med surg/ tele, LDRP. Has 6 years experience.

LBC RN, what does the VA pay in CA? Their salary range posted is so variable. 

at_it_awhile

Specializes in too much stuff. Has 15 years experience.

I haven't heard of any hospitals laying off nurses. Actually, I have heard the opposite: they are hiring a lot of nurses! 

California can't just "lay off" nurses because we have ratio laws.  Some hospitals have previously given nurses 1 or 2 more patients for a short time due to an emergency declared by Governor Newsom, but that has since passed.

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LunaBuna, BSN, MSN, CNM

Has 6 years experience.

I'm also looking for jobs in the Bay area. It's so competative! Any tips? I really want to be in patient in literally ANYTHING. My background is 5 years of community health nursing.

mholcomb0, BSN

Specializes in ICU/ Progressive Care.

I am moving to Huntington Beach with my 12 year old next month for family/personal reasons. I graduated in December and have 6 months experience in the ICU. I am terrified I won't be able to find a job out there. I will have about 2 months until it becomes a problem. Did you have any luck? Any tips or advice you could pass along? 🙏🙏🙏

lilRN16, ASN, RN

Specializes in Psych/Med Surg/Ortho/Tele. Has 5 years experience.

RNs generally don't have a problem getting hired. There are some Prime hospitals out your way... They're not the best, but you can get in pretty quickly, work there for a while and then look for what you want. 

It's going to be sweet coming out here from a place with no mandated ratios.

All the best to you!