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Less Saturated areas of CA?

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Hi All,

I am hoping to move to San Diego in the next year or so, but I know the job market is pretty terrible for new grads. I was wondering if there are any less saturated areas 2 or 3 hours from San Diego? Is Palm Springs just as impossible? Are there any community hospitals that are New Grad friendly? I have an offer on the east coast, but I would love to get out there ASAP. I know very little about southern CA so any info (up to and including "it's not even worth trying") is appreciated. TIA!

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IMO, take the offer on the east coast, get a year or two of experience, get your BSN if you don't already have it, and then come out to coastal California.  The job market is better for experienced nurses than for new grads.

Though if you insist on coming out here, definitely look inland.  I don't have personal experience with this, but based on what I've seen, the further away you are from the CA coastline, the better your prospects as a new nurse might be.  

There are some new grad programs in San Diego, but there's a lot of competition for them.  Definitely apply, but I would wait until you land a spot in one of them before you pack up and move out here.

Best of luck.

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The job market is high competitive in San Diego as so many people want to live here.  Go ahead and apply to openings, though, you never know.  Basically, the coastal job market is saturated, anywhere on the coast.  Best bet is to look anywhere inland.  Good luck.

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