The Gap Between East Coast & West Coast Nursing

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by ArticulateRN ArticulateRN, MSN, RN (New)

Specializes in pediatric & neonatal critical care. Has 13 years experience.

Hospital work culture is markedly different on the west coast compared to the east coast. On the west coast, workplace happiness comes as a result of approachable management and adequate resources for nurses to care for their patients.

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LibraNurse27

LibraNurse27, BSN, RN

Specializes in Community Health, Med/Surg, ICU Stepdown. Has 9 years experience. 972 Posts

4 hours ago, Daisy4RN said:

They were always finding new ways to make up for the ratios.

That's my experience too = ( No unit clerk, no CNAs, no transport, sometimes no lab techs. The ratios are great but when you're answering the phones, filing all paperwork, spending an hour at MRI with an unstable pt, doing total care for all your patients, drawing and running your own labs... still stressful =( But yes, there are some golden hospitals! 

LibraNurse27

LibraNurse27, BSN, RN

Specializes in Community Health, Med/Surg, ICU Stepdown. Has 9 years experience. 972 Posts

CA is seen as the golden state for nurses (our state nickname is Golden State!), and is known as a beautiful, liberal place. I agree that it's the best state to be a nurse, and the natural beauty and architecture in parts of the state are amazing. However, I would advise not to view Cali through rose colored glasses. We are dealing with lengthy fire seasons that wipe out entire towns, a never-ending drought, and rising sea levels predicted to swallow coastal towns.

While we are famous for being a politically liberal state, that is mostly in coastal cities. There is a huge portion of the state where racism is rampant. Even the "liberal" cities are not how they present themselves. I have learned this since marrying a Black person who is treated badly in famously liberal San Francisco, while watching the Black population disappear thanks to racism and gentrification. Not to mention our meth and fentanyl issue and the cost of living = ( I have always thought CA was the best state and I'm still happy to live here, but I now see the downsides and see the appeal of other (cheaper!) areas. I'm not advising anyone not to move here, but do your research on the specific area you're coming to, in terms of climate, politics, traffic, and proximity to fire/drought/sea level issues.