Hey everyone! Just wanted to give an update. So I decided to expand my search beyond just San Diego and ended up landing three interviews - one in LA, one in Irvine, and one in San Diego (the San Diego one was due to the help of a fellow allnurses friend who told me her unit was hiring and helped me land an interview). Unfortunately, I didn’t land the LDRP job in San Diego. However, I ended up getting an offer from the LDRP unit in Irvine and the L&D unit in LA.
I decided to take the position in Irvine on the LDRP unit and couldn’t be happier! I should start sometime mid-October and am looking to move to either Huntington Beach or Newport Beach. Both would be about a 20-30 minute drive to work.
I guess my advice from the last three months of applying for jobs in San Diego would be to open your search up a little bit and don’t get too hyper-focused on one city. You never know where the Universe is leading you and where you are actually meant to be! Thinking of moving to HB or NB now actually resonates with me a lot more than SD does, and I would have never thought about those two cities before. As soon as I opened up my search to different cities in southern Cal, I landed three interviews in a week. Also, look into applying to smaller hospitals that may not be as well known.
I still don’t have my Fetal Monitoring Certificate and and will only have a year of LDRP experience come October, but I definitely think having that certificate and more experience would have made me more competitive. All in all, I am happy with the outcome. Good luck to everyone else out there who is struggling to find an L&D job in southern Cal! Keep applying, make as many connections as you can, and keep working towards those certifications!
P.S. If you are out of state like me, make sure you apply for your CA license ASAP! I applied for mine mid-May and it will be here at the end of October. I wish I had applied sooner because it can take 3+ months to process.