If you read my blog regularly, then you should be familiar with my bittersweet experiences working as a locum tenens nurse practitioner in California.
After spending 7 months in California in 2016, I was ready to move on. I told myself I had no reason to ever return to California for work. A few months later, I received a letter in the mail from the California Board of Nursing notifying me that my licenses were going to expire at the end of the year, unless I paid for their renewal.
I immediately thought I would renew my CA licenses since it was such a hassle to obtain them. As the deadline drew closer I realized I would have to pay several hundreds of dollars in renewal fees. This seemed like a lot considering I was not even sure I would use these licenses again.
I do not plan on going back to California in 2017, as there are many other states I have licenses in that I haven’t yet worked in. On the other hand, there are ALWAYS tons of jobs available in California. I contemplated keeping active licenses there as a back up in case I ever needed a locum tenens assignment to start immediately.
After weighing the pros and cons, I decided NOT to renew my California licenses. I worked with 4 different sites while in California, and I hated all of them. Before and after California, I have loved every single job. Thus, I know I have no intention of ever returning to California for work. I am grateful I was able to explore almost every inch of that state while I was there, and had a fabulous time doing so.