How is the San Diego Job Market? - page 2

Hi, I'm researching a possible career change into nursing (from landscape architecture) and have a few questions: 1. It looks like the job market isn't so great right now. Are nurses (with BSN's)... Read More

  1. by   JennyandPups
    Love your response and I agree that attitude is very important.
  2. by   JennyandPups
    Hi Chelsea, wondering how many interviews you went on with that amount of applications? I'm graduating from CSUSM in 2 months. Have you found work yet? Good luck!
  3. by   wildflower79
    Im fr San Diego n i work at scripps. Im barely getting in their new grad program after 1 1/2 yr of gradustion, i wasnt lucky gettin in. Finally! I got in cause im an internal employee. Its very bad here right now. LA has more openings, i suggest think very good before applying here. I know a lot of classmates who still didnt have a job n we graduated Aug 2011.
  4. by   hippieRN
    Quote from ailes08
    Im fr San Diego n i work at scripps. Im barely getting in their new grad program after 1 1/2 yr of gradustion, i wasnt lucky gettin in. Finally! I got in cause im an internal employee. Its very bad here right now. LA has more openings, i suggest think very good before applying here. I know a lot of classmates who still didnt have a job n we graduated Aug 2011.
    Oh wow! What unit did you get hired in, if I may ask?
  5. by   luckyshamrock22

    You spoke the truth. Everyone needs to realize that it is not just the economy that has nursing at a down turn. I read an article recently stating that the influx of private colleges and universities starting "express nursing degrees" have produced nursing graduates at record numbers. The graduates are at a higher rate than job opportunities. This is diluting the industry as we see that highly qualified nurses are not getting offered the same salaries if they choose to change employment and often take pay cuts just to be in a change of environment. We see this because new grads are accepting jobs at 17-18$. Can we blame them? No! We all need jobs and most of these new grads have these high 150k school loans (if you're from CA, you know what schools cost that now) that they need to start paying on. I don't mean to sound rude but would just like to call it how it is. I'm worried despite the fact that I have a good nursing job because I'd like to pursue advanced practice degrees but if dilution worsens, how can I afford the added school loans? FYI, been applying to other nursing positions since September with only 1 interview and no offer. This seems to be the norm from reading these blogs. So for those who think its just the economy, it's not. Supply is greater than demand and will continue this way because the "express schools" are not going to slow their production and lose all that profit.
  6. by   JennyandPups
    Wow $150K? I go to school in San Diego and it's expensive but it's still only about $4K per semester, BSN program. The ADN programs are...something like $40 per unit. Also, the market WILL clear up some in the next decade. I know that's a long time to wait but the nurisng population IS aging. Many of them want to retire but lost a lot of their 401K when the economy crashed. It's still a very valid profession. I think the "for profit" schools will fall out of favor given the push for magnet status? Just a thought.
  7. by   ExPharmaGirl
    Just a note. Not all private schools are for profit. I attended one in San Diego. It was $50k and not an "express" school. It was a not for profit institution. Why did I do that? Because I have a degree in another field from that school from a long time ago and I liked their format. Plain and simple.

    I think it will take a long, long time for the market to open up. And sadly, there are still waiting lists for schools.

    I've applied to 180 positions since I got my license in July. Two interviews but no job.
  8. by   JennyandPups
    Sorry EXPharmagirl. I do know that the Community Colleges in SD did away with their waiting lists and are using a point system for applicants now. This is just in the last few years. I think they are taking half from the waiting list and half based on the point system until the old waiting list is gone. I really do think the market will open up though! I've been told that the market is cyclical. I have some research subjects on the topic. ping me with your email if you would like to see them - it's from a research project from last year. Good luck and don't give up!
  9. by   ExPharmaGirl
    I'm not talking about just San Diego. It seems like there is still a mad rush to go to nursing school everywhere.

    I agree that the market is cyclical and there are a lot of people that will retire. BUT. The hospitals are not willing to invest in new grads right now. We are expensive and some will move on to seek their dream jobs when they get their foot in the door.
    Then there is San Diego...About 2000 people applied for the sharp residency last time around. 2000. 1600 for UCSD. Scripps looks at the first 500. These numbers are ASTRONOMICAL. It's going to take a long time for those ~1850 grads that didn't get jobs.
  10. by   JennyandPups
    Oh my gosh seriously? 2000? For how many spots? Is that up on the website somewhere? I wonder why the mad rush for nursing? I went into it after being laid off from the legal field back in 2009, hoping to get a degree with a specific skillset. It was a new program at my school at the time (CSUSM).
  11. by   ExPharmaGirl
    I know a few people that work there. I'm not sure how many they hired but it was anywhere from 3-10 spots per department and they interviewed double that.

    I got into nursing also in 2009 after being laid off in the pharma industry.
  12. by   luckyshamrock22
    Yes, not all schools in CA cost 150k for a bsn or are "for profit." I just meant that these types of programs are producing RNs at high rate of speed and the graduation rate of RNs is on a record high. I also attended a traditional college 40$ something a unit for ADN with pre reqs and gpa minimum required. These schools however "trade schools" and "private for profit" do not and I am not sure how they incorporate the pre reqs such as Anatomy/physiology, chem, micro and math. I also do not know how their degrees affect magnet status.
  13. by   Frankie123
    I graduated in 2009 (BSN). The job market for RN's in San Diego is horrible. At certain points I applied to 20 jobs each day for a year, and only received one interview after 2 years. I took that job obviously and it was not my first choice. I am still hunting and applying with no luck.

    New grad programs are impossible to get into unless you are friends with the director or sleeping with someone. The only reason I am stuck in this city is because my husband has a job here. If I knew that the job market was like this I never would have become a nurse, I would have rather done anything else. I am ready to work for free simply to gain experience in acute care at this point. The question remains, how can you get hired for jobs that require 2 years of experience if NO ONE if hiring inexperienced nurses?

    The person from Scripps who stated she/he hires 4-5 new-grads weekly --> is exaggerating. There are never that many positions posted!
    The positions posted for Scripps require years of experience, or are internal postings for employees of the hospital.

    Do not look to move to San Diego if you are looking for a Nursing job- unless you have already been hired somewhere- this is not an open market.

    Good Luck!