Take your PA or APRN career to California, and you’ll get more than a new job – you’ll get a whole new lifestyle!
If you’re a PA, NP, or CNS who loves to work hard and play hard, consider relocating to California. The state’s temperate weather, gorgeous beaches, hiking trails, and natural parks will encourage you to spend a lot more time outside. And, bring your appetite: California has the country’s freshest produce, most authentic ethnic cuisine, and kitschy food trucks on every corner. It’s a big state, and there’s plenty of opportunity for Advanced Practice Providers.
California Cost of Living & Economic Outlook
According to Sperling’s Best Places cost comparison, job growth in California is positive, with an unemployment rate slightly higher than the national average. The cost of living is approximately 50% higher than the US average. The median home price in California is $493,800 compared to the national average of $196,500, according to Zillow.
The high cost of living is offset by higher than average NP, CNS, and PA salaries. Our most recent Melnic Salary Survey shows salaries in California to be approximately 19% higher than the national average.
Practicing as an NP in California
California is a restricted practice state, so specific aspects your NP practice will require supervision by a licensed physician. For example, an NP in California may not be able to interpret diagnostic tests or prescribe medications independently under current law. For more details, refer to the AANP State Practice Environment resource.
Top California APRN and PA Jobs
California is a diverse state with regions to match your personality. Whether you prefer the high-tech and sophisticated San Francisco Bay area, or sunny and social SoCal, we’re here to help advance your career.w
If you prefer the former, consider a job with Kaiser Permanente, the leading healthcare employer in California. The company’s commitment to quality patient care and patient satisfaction make it an ideal employer. We have clinical nurse specialist jobs throughout the Bay area in California, including Santa Clara and San Mateo. Consider these great opportunities to work with adult and geriatric patients, as well as provide leadership in clinical and patient education.
If you’re looking for an academic environment, consider a PNP position with the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing. You’ll prepare nurses for careers in medical care delivery, research, education, and the advancement of professional nursing practice.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to spend your off-time at the beach. So, if your pace of life is more relaxed, consider working at some of the top children’s hospitals in Southern California. Our employers foster an environment where you can have a positive impact on the lives of children.
The first and largest pediatric academic medical center in Southern California is Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Join this team and you’ll be providing critically ill or injured children the safest and highest quality of care. We have PNP and NNP positions in NICU, PICU and Pulmonary roles.
For another option in Southern California, consider Loma Linda Children’s Hospital. It is a major pediatric teaching facility for Loma Linda University School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and other healthcare professions. Our NP positions here support the hospital’s focus on infant heart transplant and care for critically ill and premature infants.
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