I've lived in both LA and San Diego and can say if you're looking to relocate to So Cal, make sure you have a job first. San Diego is an extremely tight market to break into, even with experience. You may have better luck finding work in LA but will the area and hospital be desirable? Who knows. I would let that be your guide before you pack the moving van and drive it clear across the country. I hate to say it because I'm an LA native but San Diego (IMO) is by far the best place to live in the So Cal area. It isn't cheap (as someone erroneously claimed in an earlier post) but it's well worth what you pay to live here for our gorgeous beaches, nightlife, proximity to the desert, mountains, and sand dunes and near-perfect year round weather. Oh and did I mention that it's about an hour and a half drive to LA for some change-of-scenery fun but you don't have to live in that madness?
With almost 3 years' experience, I work at one of the big 3 hospitals with a base of $39, night differential of $4 and weekends $2.50. Another thing to consider is here in Cali, we get time and a half after 8 hrs, which significantly increases our bottom line so the hourly rate here isn't apples for apples when comparing them to hourlies in other parts of the country where they get base pay for all 12 hours.
Good luck to you and your future life endeavors :)
Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com