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Moving from MI to CA - need advice!

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Help guys! I'm torn. My boyfriend and I are moving to California in May. Not sure what part of CA just depends on where he gets a job since he is a new grad. I am currently with a travel company as a med surg nurse. So my question, should I get a travel assignment out there first and then look for a staff position since I want to make the transition to critical care OR just look for a staff position right away as soon as I figure out where we're going? I'm not sure how difficult it would be to look for a job across country and changing specialties at the same time. Would love to pick your brains! Thanks in advance!

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

I would think it would be easier all around for you to look for a travel nursing assignment in the area in which your boyfriend gets his job. You'll have a place to live and a job -- the two of you will then have a base from which to look for housing (in a neighborhood which you'll have time to drive through and investigate). You'll also have a base from which to look for a job. If you like the hospital you end up in, you'll also have contacts. That's how I moved cross country from the west coast to the east. I didn't plan it that way, but it sure worked out well! Good luck! I like northern California better, but your milage may vary.

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

Help guys! I'm torn. My boyfriend and I are moving to California in May. Not sure what part of CA just depends on where he gets a job since he is a new grad. I am currently with a travel company as a med surg nurse. So my question, should I get a travel assignment out there first and then look for a staff position since I want to make the transition to critical care OR just look for a staff position right away as soon as I figure out where we're going? I'm not sure how difficult it would be to look for a job across country and changing specialties at the same time. Would love to pick your brains! Thanks in advance!

It can take a VERY long time to get licensed in California. My advice is to start working on it now if you know you'll be moving there in May. And you don't say what type of new grad your boyfriend is, but if he's a new grad nurse, a lot of California markets can be very tough to break into.

That's exactly the reason why I'm leaning towards traveling first, it'll be a much easier transition. Thanks for your input!

I already received my CA license and he's working on his right now. We've done some research and saw there are new grad residencies available in select hospitals. Any idea how difficult it would be to get in one? Thanks for commenting!

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

I already received my CA license and he's working on his right now. We've done some research and saw there are new grad residencies available in select hospitals. Any idea how difficult it would be to get in one? Thanks for commenting!

I used to live in a different state and we had MANY new grads from California there ....they were unable to find any job as a new grad in California, so they left the state. There are spots, they're just extremely competitive. Hopefully, he has a BSN. I stayed in my home state and got a few years of experience before moving here (to CA).

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Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

California is one of the three top toughest markets in the US for new grad nurses.

I used to live in a different state and we had MANY new grads from California there ....they were unable to find any job as a new grad in California, so they left the state. There are spots, they're just extremely competitive. Hopefully, he has a BSN. I stayed in my home state and got a few years of experience before moving here (to CA).

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Thanks! I'm new to this haha he does have a BSN. That's our back up plan if it doesn't work out at first. We're still keeping our fingers crossed though í ½í¸¬

California is one of the three top toughest markets in the US for new grad nurses.

Where are the other two? Just curious.

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

Where are the other two? Just curious.

Probably New York? I'm not sure about the third ..maybe Hawaii?

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

New York and Colorado I believe

foggnm

Has 8 years experience.

If I was in your situation I'd try to get a travel assignment first so I could scope out the hospitals and spend more time looking for the critical care job, as well as researching where you're going to live/rent. Critical care jobs will always be there. You won't miss an opportunity by waiting until the end of your travel contract. Plus a travel contract might get you in to a hospital that you'll later want to be permanent.

Everyone is right about California being a tough market for new grads. I see many smart nurses trying to get jobs without success. One of the many issues is that many hospitals want magnet status and are hiring BSN. I would travel first, scope out hospitals and cost of living. If you don't have a BSN start working on it, if possible. California is a wonderful place to live, lots to do and see every day. The advise given about having housing through your travel job is perfect. I know someone doing it right now and it's working out perfectly.

la_chica_suerte85, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

I already received my CA license and he's working on his right now. We've done some research and saw there are new grad residencies available in select hospitals. Any idea how difficult it would be to get in one? Thanks for commenting!

Residencies are tough to get in (something like a 10% acceptance rate for the cohort I just promoted from) but they are not impossible. A lot are going to be starting their application process for September w/i the next several weeks. Some places, like Sharp (IIRC, they may have changed this), have a limited amount of online applications they will accept (i.e. the 1st 100 applicants and then they reject the rest). Kaiser Permanente starts their new grad residencies in the spring but I'm not sure if they have already interviewed -- if so, then he may have to wait another year to start (for the Kaisers in my area, they only start new grads in the spring and you start in adult med surg and have to wait your turn to transfer to a different unit -- ideal if you aren't set on a specialty but not ideal if you aren't keen on waiting over another year to start working). Here's the link describing the SoCal regional residency program: Kaiser Permanente Nursing: Nursing Pathways: Southern California

You can also look for traveler jobs at Kaiser -- where I'm at (SoCal) they had tons of travelers and they tended to be fairly content w/ what their set up was like.

Beware that, as said previously, there are many hospitals eyeing Magnet accreditation through the ANCC and they are implementing residencies that are glorified orientations because they don't/can't drop funds on a structured program like Versant. Depending on what your boyfriend's idea was like in terms of how he wants to transition from new grad to RN, he has a lot of options but may need to consider the fact that it may be a while before he is able to start in a residency. I think, ideally and as some anonymous internet person, you may want to get your traveler job and contract set in place and he may need to work around where you ultimately end up. Avoid the San Francisco area as it is absolutely swamped and probably the most competitive. SoCal is bad, too, but there are lots of places to find work that have lower costs of living which may be helpful while he's gets his feet on the ground. Good luck!