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first year texas nurse looking to move home to california

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Hello All!

I wanted to post here because I was needing some advice on applying to hospitals back home in California. I will give a little background on myself. I grew up in Orange County, California graduated high school and moved to Texas to pursue a degree in Nursing. I originally went through a diploma program and graduated in December, 2013. From there I started working as an RN in the Cardiac ICU. While working I attended a University and have completed my BSN. SO with that said... I currently have 9 months of RN experience in ICU. I am apart of AACN, the wound care committee in the hospital, and just recently have been designated a nurse preceptor for a new nurse that was hired onto the floor that will start the end of this month.

I am looking to move to San Diego by of before the end of February to be close to my family. Does anyone have any advice in applying to the hospitals down there? Should I wait to apply until after my one year is up in January or start applying now? Is it possible to get interviewed/hired before the "one year" is up? Will my resume even be considered since I only currently have 9 months experience? ANYTHING WILL HELP! I'm stressing!

RunBabyRN

Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology. Has 2 years experience.

DEFINITELY wait until you have at least one year of experience before you start applying. Otherwise, your resume will never even get past the robots. I'm sure you've heard that CA has the most competitive market in the US, and of course the major cities are the worst. Having that year of experience will help IMMENSELY. Wait to move until you have something secured. Good luck!!

akulahawkRN, ADN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in Emergency Department. Has 6 years experience.

DEFINITELY wait until you have at least one year of experience before you start applying. Otherwise, your resume will never even get past the robots. I'm sure you've heard that CA has the most competitive market in the US, and of course the major cities are the worst. Having that year of experience will help IMMENSELY. Wait to move until you have something secured. Good luck!!

I second this. Get at least a good, solid year of experience before you start seriously applying. They're going want someone that they can essentially drop into place, do a quick orientation to the floor, and turn loose. Also make sure that you're eligible to endorse your license to California before you get serious about this. It would not be good to find out that you're unable to be licensed here after you've accepted a position.

Why wouldn't I be able to endorse my license to California??? Thank you for your input I really appreciate it!!

poppycat, ADN, BSN

Specializes in pediatrics; PICU; NICU. Has 43 years experience.

I think if it was me, I'd start working on getting the license endorsed now. Sometimes that can take a while.

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

Congratulations - You're doing everything right!!

I agree about waiting to relocate until you have at least a year - but you could probably start the licensure process for CA. Since they are not a compact state, this could take 90 days & you'll need that CA license to be taken seriously by potential employers.

Wishing you the best of luck!

DatMurse

Specializes in Hematology/Oncology. Has 3 years experience.

too good.