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Old 04-24-2016, 10:24 PM
 
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I am hoping to move to LA from southwest MI hopefully by spring time '17. I have been researching and thinking about moving out there for years and I think it's about time.


I work in healthcare. Currently I work as a Nurse technician at a big hospital. I also have a CNA license and worked as a CNA for about 3 years. All together I have about 5 years healthcare experience in different settings and areas of expertise, from psych to mother/baby and women's health, which is what I am currently doing and would like to continue doing.


I am trying to save about 6 months of expenses before I move and I will be trying to find a job before I move, but I know how much of a small chance of landing a job from out of state will be, hence the 6 months expenses saved up.


The only thing I really worry about is the pay and the cost of living. From what I've seen pay is about the same as I am currently making which is about $12-15 and I'm not sure if that will be enough for the cost of living there.


So, I was wondering if that kind of pay is enough to live there and if there is a big job market in that area for CNA's or nursing technicians/assistants. I'm hoping to go back to school after a year of living there for nursing, so it wouldn't be forever, but for a pretty good period of time.


Thanks!
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Old 04-25-2016, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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It's mainly about how much rent you'll be paying. Search Apartments.com around the area you'll be working.
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:02 AM
 
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There are CNA's here, but have never heard of a "nurse technician." Are you sure that job title exists in CA?

You would need roommates. Working for a registry (a medical staffing temp agency) would boost your CNA salary, if you're willing to commit to commuting and have a good car.

Also, check with the state for licensing, CA tends to have higher requirements.
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:12 AM
 
Location: So Ca
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I work as a Nurse technician at a big hospital. I also have a CNA license and worked as a CNA for about 3 years.
Lots of CNAs here, although you're right; it doesn't pay particularly well. Here's a link to nurse technician jobs. Apparently you must be enrolled in some type of RN program for some of the positions.
Nurse Technician Jobs, Employment in Los Angeles, CA | Indeed.com
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:44 AM
 
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I am hoping to move to LA from southwest MI hopefully by spring time '17. I have been researching and thinking about moving out there for years and I think it's about time.


I work in healthcare. Currently I work as a Nurse technician at a big hospital. I also have a CNA license and worked as a CNA for about 3 years. All together I have about 5 years healthcare experience in different settings and areas of expertise, from psych to mother/baby and women's health, which is what I am currently doing and would like to continue doing.


I am trying to save about 6 months of expenses before I move and I will be trying to find a job before I move, but I know how much of a small chance of landing a job from out of state will be, hence the 6 months expenses saved up.


The only thing I really worry about is the pay and the cost of living. From what I've seen pay is about the same as I am currently making which is about $12-15 and I'm not sure if that will be enough for the cost of living there.


So, I was wondering if that kind of pay is enough to live there and if there is a big job market in that area for CNA's or nursing technicians/assistants. I'm hoping to go back to school after a year of living there for nursing, so it wouldn't be forever, but for a pretty good period of time.


Thanks!
Why not apply to nursing school in California directly, and make sure you get in and have the financials worked out, and then move to California? $12-$15 an hour is going to be tight long term, and a year is definitely long term.
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Old 04-25-2016, 03:41 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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Why not apply to nursing school in California directly
Acceptance to nursing school in CA is very competitive. Also, wouldn't the OP have to pay out of state tuition until she is a resident here?
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Old 04-25-2016, 04:06 PM
 
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Why not apply to nursing school in California directly, and make sure you get in and have the financials worked out, and then move to California? $12-$15 an hour is going to be tight long term, and a year is definitely long term.
I would have to pay out of state tuition, which is why I would wait a year after moving to start going back to school and then I could hopefully get tuition reimbursement from an employer also.
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Old 04-25-2016, 04:15 PM
 
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There are CNA's here, but have never heard of a "nurse technician." Are you sure that job title exists in CA?

You would need roommates. Working for a registry (a medical staffing temp agency) would boost your CNA salary, if you're willing to commit to commuting and have a good car.

Also, check with the state for licensing, CA tends to have higher requirements.
"Nurse technician" is just the fancy name for CNA in the hospitals here.

Roommates is something I'm used to and was figuring I was going to need. Most likely multiple roomates. Thank you for the tip about medical staffing temp angencies. I didn't realize that it boosts CNA salaries. I do have a good car that I will be bringing.
I did check for licensing and it doesnt seem like to much I a problem for getting reciprocity for CA.
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Old 04-25-2016, 04:30 PM
 
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"Nurse technician" is just the fancy name for CNA in the hospitals here.

Roommates is something I'm used to and was figuring I was going to need. Most likely multiple roomates. Thank you for the tip about medical staffing temp angencies. I didn't realize that it boosts CNA salaries. I do have a good car that I will be bringing.
I did check for licensing and it doesnt seem like to much I a problem for getting reciprocity for CA.
You're in Michigan, why not buy a 2000 square foot home on 15 an hour?
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Old 04-25-2016, 04:45 PM
 
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You're in Michigan, why not buy a 2000 square foot home on 15 an hour?
Because Michigan sucks. I just bought a 1000 sq. Ft. trailer last year. I'm just ready to move. Beyond ready.
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