Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

  1. Hello everyone! I am a fairly new nurse (1 year experience in the PICU) currently living in Pennsylvania and planning on moving to LA this winter. I applied to the PICU at CHLA last Tuesday, got a call back from HR on Wednesday, and just scheduled and interview *today* for the end of the month. This is so very exciting, considering it took me months and months to get my first job after graduation. I am planning on moving to los angeles with my boyfriend, who is from Palos Verdes and knows the area quite well. I could really use some insight on CHLA and the Los Angeles area, as I have only been out there a couple times!

    First off, regarding CHLA: Does anyone here work in the PICU? I was just curious about the interview... whether the questions will be more behavioral or clinical-based? Any tips? Any info on the unit? Also, payscale. I have heard that CHLA pays significantly less than other hospitals in the area, but am not sure if this is true. Does anyone know what the pay is like? I am trying to figure out where I will be able to afford to live..

    Any recommendations on areas to consider living in? I really don't know much about the area. All I know is that traffic is a pain, ha.

    Thank you in advance for any information!
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    About ekr15

    Joined: Oct '12; Posts: 15; Likes: 6
    RN, BSN; from US
    Specialty: 1 year(s) of experience in PICU


  3. by   jax_
    Hi ekr, did you get the job? I am going to start a travel nurse position at CHLA in January. Would love any information you have gained through your experience. have you decided where you are going to live?? thanks.
  4. by   My Rose
    Hi EKR15,

    I am just reading your post about CHLA. Was wondering how everything turned out. I will be in your old shoes soon. I will be moving to LA with my boyfriend. He has lived in Mar Vista and Echo Park. Really nervous about moving with my nine year old. Anyhoo... I have almost 5 yrs of NICU experience so i'm not too concerned about not being able to find a job but he will only have 1 year of pedi ER experience. I am a BSN and he isn't yet but will be soon. Any info you have on the hospital (or other hospitals) and area's of town would be appreciated. I am sure you are an LA pro by now!
  5. by   frangelicag
    Hi all, I know these are old posts but was wondering how LA turned out? I will be moving in April to start a travel contract there and would love tips.