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Interested in San Diego!

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Specializes in tele, stepdown/PCU, med/surg. Has 14 years experience.

Hey all,

I'm seriously considering moving to San Diego near the end of the summer. I am an RN with 1.5 years experience in med/surg and then in tele. I possibly might like to learn a new specialty and then pick up shifts in tele or something. I'd love to do one of those nursing residencies/internships but so often they are for new grads. Hey I'm almost a new grad!

What can y'all tell me about hospitals? I love big teaching hospitals, what about UCSD? Scripps? I know the cost-of-living is high but what about places to live. I'm single and don't want to live in suburbia. Would prefer downtown I guess but don't really know since I've never been there (my brother lives there).

Any info you can give me would be great, thanks!

I work at Scripps La Jolla now and love it.

Scripps Mercy is also good or the Sharp Hospitals. Don't know about UCSD. Scripps and Sharp both have a fantastic new grad program where they give you 10 weeks of classes once a week with catered breakfast/lunch and speakers from ancillary staff on all subjects. And even if you are a not-so-new grad, they will sometimes have you go to the weeks where the subject is relevant to your department (ie: Caring for the Diabetic Patient/Endocrine Disorders).

Of course cost of living is high, as you know. Can you live with your brother till you find a place?

Melissa

Hey all,

I'm seriously considering moving to San Diego near the end of the summer. I am an RN with 1.5 years experience in med/surg and then in tele. I possibly might like to learn a new specialty and then pick up shifts in tele or something. I'd love to do one of those nursing residencies/internships but so often they are for new grads. Hey I'm almost a new grad!

What can y'all tell me about hospitals? I love big teaching hospitals, what about UCSD? Scripps? I know the cost-of-living is high but what about places to live. I'm single and don't want to live in suburbia. Would prefer downtown I guess but don't really know since I've never been there (my brother lives there).

Any info you can give me would be great, thanks!

prmenrs, RN

Specializes in NICU, Infection Control. Has 42 years experience.

Scripps Mercy and UCSD (Hillcrest) are both downtown, UCSD is a university teaching hospital w/interns, residents, etc; Mercy is also a teaching hospital, just not as 'total teaching' as the U. Don't know abt Mercy, but it probably has a good new grad program. UCSD has good new grad orientation as well--the one I know about the best is in NICU--very, very thorough.

http://health.ucsd.edu/uc_fac1.asp

http://www.sharp.com/

http://www.scrippshealth.org/default.asp

http://www.signonsandiego.com This is the newspaper site.

zacarias, ASN, RN

Specializes in tele, stepdown/PCU, med/surg. Has 14 years experience.

Thanks both for your useful information!

PRMENRS: Thanks for the links.

Melissa: I probably will be able to get my own place...my brother has a really small house and probably can't accomodate me.

zacarias, ASN, RN

Specializes in tele, stepdown/PCU, med/surg. Has 14 years experience.

Another question folks,

If I'm thinking of moving there in August, should I get the ball rolling on my temp CA license or should I apply at places? They probably would appreciate it if I already a CA license. Do hospitals hire people with unrestricted nursing licenses from other states pending endorsement?

prmenrs, RN

Specializes in NICU, Infection Control. Has 42 years experience.

I'd go ahead and try--they'll tell you otherwise, if necessary. Esp about the license. I don't know about other places, but you have to be able show that you are eligible to work in the US. Driver's license PLUS birthcertificate or SS card. Also, you'll need your immunization card or records.

I would not recomend Scripps La Jolla! I am a nurse traveler and I and the other nurse travelers I work with have found the staff to be very cliquey and unfriendly to us and don't even get me started about the management! I have been traveling for awhile and have always felt welcomed at the places I have worked at, but this was not the feeling I have gotten at Scripps La Jolla! Did I mention Scripps La Jolla is now magnet? If you don't know what that means I would definately look into it and all that it entails! My friend worked as a traveler at Scripps Mercy and loved it!

I'm sorry you didn't feel welcomed as a traveler at SLJ!!! That bums me out. As a new grad, they have been just tremendously welcoming. From your other posts re: postpartum, seems like you may have been on my own floor (postpartum). Sorry you had a bad experience :(

Melissa

I would not recomend Scripps La Jolla! I am a nurse traveler and I and the other nurse travelers I work with have found the staff to be very cliquey and unfriendly to us and don't even get me started about the management! I have been traveling for awhile and have always felt welcomed at the places I have worked at, but this was not the feeling I have gotten at Scripps La Jolla! Did I mention Scripps La Jolla is now magnet? If you don't know what that means I would definately look into it and all that it entails! My friend worked as a traveler at Scripps Mercy and loved it!

USA987, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Behavioral Health. Has 21 years experience.

As a nursing student, I did clinicals at primarly Scripps Mercy and Sharp Grossmont. I loved both of them! Did Tele at Mercy...and would love to work there if I wasn't living in Illinois now.

Good luck!

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