Well, living somewhere other than Modesto isnt really an option that I want to change. Im moving there to be closer to family, and that is where my family is.
Modesto has both Memorial and Kaiser. If need be I can commute to Turlock, Tracy, Livermore, etc. It wouldnt be a fun commute, but I could do it. I have connections at Memorial though, so that is where I'm hoping to settle into, with a per diem position at Kaiser if available.
Im just trying to get a feel for the area and the hiring of new grads.
It'll be a little over 2 years before this would be happening anyway, and honestly I think the economic status will be on the upswing by then. :)
As far as housing, I'll probably be living with family for a bit after I move there (their request) while I settle in, save some money, get some debt paid off, etc.
This is part of the reason that I want to get out of my current employer ASAP. Because this is happening here now too. And my employer is not being very gracious about it. We're pretty sure they are trying to make things miserable for the nurses to get them to quit instead of being laid off and them having to pay unemployment.
I also have my CNA in both states, so if push comes to shove, I could find a CNA position while getting into an RN position.