When I first moved out here, I moved to Pacifica and really didn't look at the East Bay facilities. I started on the transplant unit and eventually transferred over to the Pre-registration and Learning Center a year ago after I was diagnosed with MS. My husband and I moved to Concord last October to get a warmer environment and cheaper rent.
Even though I live in Concord now, I still wouldn't make a move to work for another hospital because of my position. I work as a nurse facilitator calling patients over the phone to register them for surgeries/procedures. My office is located off-site from the hospital and consists of nurses, registrars, clerks, surgery schedulers, receptionists and management. The position is awesome, and so are the pay and benefits! It's a non-clinical position - for the most part - other than the occasional rotation in the clinic downstairs where nurses draw labs and conduct EKGs on patients prior to surgery.
In addition, the hospital has treated me exceptionally well. Finding a place of employment where you are valued and respected is hard to come by. In all honesty, this is my main reason for staying at CPMC. The BART ride may be a pain, but I put up with it because I like where I work!
Good luck with your first year in nursing. Please feel free to PM me if you have additional questions or if you need another nurse to talk to.