I also made an A in A&P1, and I took it with the chair of the Biology department at Temple College, Dr. Jason Locklin, who is known to be the hardest prof for A&P. I finished a Bachelors in English in 2013. The only science classes I needed for that degree were Geology and Astronomy, lol. The last bio science course I had
taken was in 2008, in high school. There was definitely a learning curve at first to get oriented with all of the standard language, but anyone can pull off an A, I think, with enough dedication.
Like kpalo said, CA has the highest average pay in the nation (last I checked, around $41/hr), so lots of nurses have flooded there. But even though there is a shortage of nurses nationwide, including CA, it's very difficult to get hired on as a new grad in CA. Simply put, there is a lot of competition, employers have a lot to choose from, and CA seems to be especially stingy about only hiring nurses who already have experience...
This is a problem that haunts people in just about every other profession, too, to an extent. A sector needs people to do a job, but they only want people who have done that job before. How do you get experience doing a job that requires experience??
Well, some places are less strict, more inviting/trusting...even desperate maybe? We happen to be fortunate to live in a state that is a haven for new grad nurses looking for experience. I read an article that listed Texas as the best state for nurses overall, in terms of cost of living, job opportunities, etc.
Some of the bigger hospitals here are more stingy about BSN vs ADN, if they're trying to get or maintain magnet status. I've heard teaching hospitals, like Scott and White, are more open to ADN graduates (esp. from TC since they have a partnership). I work at Scott and White as a CNA right now. I would say at least half of our nurses are ADNs or LVNs. And I know at least four who are from California, graduated recently and moved here just for the experience.
So, I would suggest trying to get as much "experience" as you can in a hospital or nursing setting while you are still in school. Supplement your resume with not just a degree but also work as a CNA, a scribe, a HUC, a nurse tech, whatever you can get. If you can't manage to work regularly right now, volunteer. Just get hours of experience in the setting outside of your academic clinical hours. It won't completely even the playing field but it can't hurt.
And do research in our or other states (if you plan to move) to see which hospitals are more open to new grads, ADNs in general. Just talking with nurses on my floor, I've learned a lot. Teaching hospitals seem to be the best bet. And they're also best if you plan to continue your education while you are working. Being a teaching hospital, they are usually more willing to work with you and your schedule, to make time for your schooling.
Surveys Show Unbalanced Supply, Demand in California Nurse Labor Market - California Healthline
The best and worst states to be an RN in 2012 | Scrubs – The Leading Lifestyle Nursing Magazine Featuring Inspirational and Informational Nursing Articles
(^This second link is a few years old, but it still seems pretty relevant/accurate)