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LBC_RN has 9 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Mental Health.

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  1. RN to BSN program?

    Hi! I’m not sure about GPA requirements for their BSN program but I just wanted to put it out there that I recommend Grand Canyon University for their RN to BSN program. I was worried about going back to school & especially online, as I feel that...
  2. California Nursing

    Hi! Just wanted to add my two cents to this discussion 🙂 First, let me say I’m originally from NYC so I know high cost of living! That’s why I left NYC, because as a single woman, paying rent on my own there would be just making it with never saving ...
  3. California Nursing License

    Hi! Good luck with getting your Cali RN license soon 🙂 I’ve been working in California For 3 years now but don’t have a Cali license because I work for the VA. When you work for the federal government, they just require you have a license from ANY st...
  4. First time travel nurse to California

    Hi! I’m originally from NYC also. Queens native here 🙂 I moved to Southern California 3 years ago. I don't do travel nursing so I can’t offer any salary advice in that area, But just wanted to give you a heads up about rent. If you won’t have any roo...
  5. Nursing field that works mostly with veterans

    Hi! If you’d like to work in mental health & with veterans, I’d suggest applying at the VA. There are sooo many different opportunities in mental health for nurses. For instance, the VA where I work, there are two inpatient psych units (one is ge...
  6. Question for Psych Nurses

    I starting out working days as a new grad on an acute forensic unit at the state hospital. It was really overwhelming & unfortunately most of the nurses were not very helpful. I asked to switch to a later shift. I worked 7 years inpatient psych &...
  7. Straight Into Mental Health Nursing?

    Hi! Yes I went right into mental health after graduating nursing school. I worked inpatient psych for 4 years & have been in outpatient MH for the last 3. While some of my clinical skills (ie IV insertion) may be rusty, I feel like I made the rig...
  8. California Job Opportunities?

    I work at the VA Long Beach which is about 15- 20 minutes drive from Huntington Beach. Several of my colleagues live in HB. My point is Long Beach hospitals are not too far a commute for you so you have those options as well 🙂 I can’t speak for other...
  9. Less Saturated areas of CA?

    VA Long Beach has a new grad residency program. Several of my friends completed it & are still working there and excelling 🙂 Long Beach is a big city but has a town town vibe. We have some really great, safe neighborhoods. People are friendly &am...
  10. Relocating to Cali

    Also, I got my job at VA Long Beach with an ADN. I’m not sure if requirements have changed in the last 3 years, but it’s worth a shot to look into
  11. Relocating to Cali

    Hi & CONGRATS on getting your Cali RN license! 🙂 I relocated to California 3 years ago from Colorado. I’m not a huge fan of LA. It’s so expensive to live there & the traffic sucks. I would recommend Long Beach to you. LB has everything you ne...
  12. VA Long Beach

    Hi everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself & connect with other nurses who work at VA Long Beach or are hoping to! 🙂 I’ve been working in mental health at VA Long Beach for 3 years. It was hard getting into the federal system but it has been ...