Quote from fergus51
OK, I am super flighty and now considering a job at Centinela hospital in Inglewood.......
My first reaction is NO, NO, NO!!! Centinela is a Tenet hospital and is one of the 19 that Tenet has put up for sale. It is also located in a less than desireable part of LA. Yes, it is giving big sign-on bonuses (wonder what the reason is for that) and yes, it is famous for being the "sports" (Lakers, Dodgers, etc) hospital, but who knows what will happen when the buy-out takes place.
Most hospitals in the LA area offer good pay/benefits but you should know that the cost of living is also quite high (ex: 1-bedroom apartment in a good safe area will start at $1000/mo and usually will be higher. Right now, housing is at an all time high anywhere in the area).
If you have a BSN I would suggest UCLA (excellent state benefits and continuing education with the university). Or, Cedars if you want a private non-profit hospital.
About 20 miles south of the LA area in Torrance is Little Company of Mary (Providence Health System) which has less pay but is located in a nice area.
Or, in Pasadena (just north of LA) is Huntington Memorial.
Hope this helps.