I am scheduled to graduate in June from a diploma program, so I am a bit ahead of myself in a way but I like to do my research. I am seriously considering a move out to CA from the east coast and was wondering what the job environment is like. There are quite a bit of changes in the Philadelphia area with hospital reorganizations, and our market is saturated with nursing schools. Any advice or insight into the nursing environment out west is greatly appreciated. As a side note, I will continue with my BSN almost immediately but would prefer to work as an RN while taking the classes.
Thank you all in advance!
I’ve never worked as an rn in California but I went up nursing school there. I’m in ma now. I can tell you that the east coast feel more competitive as far as degrees go. Here it’s very hard to get an acute care job without your bsn. There are more adn nurses in ca. That being said the large majority of my classmates started in nursing homes and had a hard time finding work at all. Many went to the prison system and these are people who live and did clinical a in the community so they know people. I wouldn’t say the market there is easy. Compared to ma at least the salaries are slightly higher but the cost of living is absurd. There’s a reason I left my home state lol. Good luck. I can’t recommend moving but you’ll do what’s best for you and it will surely work out either way. What part of ca? I’m sure the market depends greatly on area. It’s a huge state 🙂
Still much of WA that hasn’t been californicated yet when you want to break free 😉
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