Relocating to Cali

by calirndreamer calirndreamer (New) New Nurse

Specializes in ICU. Has 2 years experience.

Hey guys!

My California license was just processed and approved so now it's time to begin job hunting. I have my ADN and 1.5 years of experience in ICU. I will be starting an RN-BSN program in the fall. I also am currently on my first travel contract in the midwest. I am pretty open to location as long as it is coastal and near a larger city, however, I am not dead set on being in the middle of LA.

Where should I look for jobs that would consider an ADN while also being in an area that is affordable? I would love to find a per diem gig as I am young enough to remain on my parents' insurance, any advice on this?

Thanks for any input!!

Edited by calirndreamer


Specializes in Mental Health. Has 8 years experience.

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 need in a big city but with a laid back, friendly, beach town vibe. And the rents are a lot cheaper & parking is way easier too! We have several big hospitals including VA Long Beach healthcare system. Anyway, just my two cents. Best of luck in relocating & lmk if you have any questions about the area 🙂


Specializes in Mental Health. Has 8 years experience.

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