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hi everyone.

I just moved to Santa Clara from L.A. and came across this site. I'm in the process of searching for a pediatric RN position in one of the local hospitals.

question. is the nursing "shortage" up here as bad as it is in SoCal? I am having the toughest time trying to find a peds RN job in my area that isn't on-call or per diem. I'm beginning to get rather discouraged with finding a job. :o

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Depends on the area. I'm a bit south of you and I saw two part time positions advertised a couple of weeks ago. I'm sure there are more up in the Bay Area and East Bay.

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There does seem to be a lot of posts lately about there being a surplus of nurses in the Bay Area and, perhaps, other coastal areas.

I think what's happening is that the ratio law has attracted a lot of nurses from out of state and ... where does everybody want to live when they get here? The Bay Area. Not only is the pay highest but, of course, the area is gorgeous.

Meanwhile ... the coastal areas have gotten really expensive and most of the population growth is heading to cheaper inland areas so ... that's where hospitals are actually expanding and, also, where you'll find the most RN jobs.

Afterall ... where is a San Francisco hospital going to expand even if they wanted to? There's not much land left in the coastal areas and, of course, land is not cheap there either.

I live out in the desert which, obviously isn't as desirable as the Bay Area (except for the cheaper cost of living) but there are five hospitals either expanding or building brand new facilities just in my area alone. Naturally ... they're begging for nurses and you can make just as much as nurses in LA or Orange County out here.

I think the economics of the state are changing ... the best opportunities are heading inland because the coastal areas have become too expensive.

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Not all hospitals have a pedi unit.

Kaiser Santa Teres has a small one but its mixed with adult med/surg and according to my former classmate who works there, its mostly adults.

Kaiser Santa Clara has one but since they are moving to the new hospital, they did massive hirings over the past year or so. Keep looking there, something might open up.

Regional Med. Center has a very small 8 unit bed, no openings.

I am not sure about Valley Med, or O Conner.

No pedi unit at Community Hospital of Los Gatos.

Check Good Sam, dont know about them either.

Or coarse if you want to commute a little there is always Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital at Stanford. They will have something for sure.

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From Santa Clara you're not too far from SF.....UCSF has a huge pedi unit like Stanford. In the East Bay there's Highland and Children's of Oakland. Both are about 30-45 minutes of a commute from Santa Clara but at the hours you'd be driving, it wouldn't be bad.

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Not all hospitals have a pedi unit.

Kaiser Santa Teres has a small one but its mixed with adult med/surg and according to my former classmate who works there, its mostly adults.

Kaiser Santa Clara has one but since they are moving to the new hospital, they did massive hirings over the past year or so. Keep looking there, something might open up.

Regional Med. Center has a very small 8 unit bed, no openings.

I am not sure about Valley Med, or O Conner.

No pedi unit at Community Hospital of Los Gatos.

Check Good Sam, dont know about them either.

Or coarse if you want to commute a little there is always Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital at Stanford. They will have something for sure.

I went to an RN info session for Kaiser in April and it seems that they may need to hire a few peds nurses once they expand.

I've actually been in contact with Reg Med Ctr of San Jose and they called me about a per-diem position, something I'm not sure I want to do. I'm looking for at least P/T.

I've e-mailed Valley Med, O'Connor and Good Sam, and none of them seem to want to get back to me. :(

and, believe it or not, I CANNOT find anything in peds at at LP. everything lately has been OB.

unfortunately I have no choice but to stay in this area since we relocated up here for hubby's job. I'm willing to commute 25 to 30 miles, but anything over probably would not work for me.

I had a fabulous job at UCLA and its just so frustrating coming up here and not being able to find anything. :(

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