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Nurse Recruitment FAQs

What’s the pay rate for nurses at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital?

Our starting hourly rate for nurses in our Emergency, ICU & Surgery departments is $50.00. We can adjust the rate based on factors including education and years of experience in order to offer you a more competitive salary.

What travel accommodations do you offer new nurses?

We offer relocation allowances depending on where you’re moving from: $3000 for moves from within California, $5000 for moves from the Central/Midwest States, and $7000 for moves from states on the East Coast. Our human resources department can share information about local realtors and temporary rental housing available in Ridgecrest.

What are the job requirements and expectations for this position?

The requirements and expectations for each job are usually posted in the job listings. If you have any questions, our Human Resources department will be happy to answer them. Email:

Does Ridgecrest Regional Hospital offer opportunities for growth and promotions?

Every department is different, but we encourage employees to grow within our organization. We would rather see you grow and get promoted here than go somewhere else! We offer assistance programs including the Earn to Learn tuition reimbursement program, which helps staffers further their education in high-demand positions (including Registered Nurses, Clinical Lab Scientists, and Physical Therapists).

Is there anything fun to do in Ridgecrest?

Ridgecrest is near the Sierra Mountains and is full of natural wonders, outdoor activities, and sunshine. View outdoor activities. There are plenty of beautiful outdoor scenic areas and places to hike, bike, and explore. And Ridgecrest has a more easygoing lifestyle than larger metropolitan areas. We’re close to Mount Whitney, The Sequoia National Forest and Death Valley. It is a close-knit community with plenty of cultural and educational opportunities. To learn more, visit and download our brochures:

What’s the housing market like in Ridgecrest?
  • The cost of living in Ridgecrest is lower than in other parts of California, including for housing and other necessities. Kern County’s taxes are among the lowest in the state. Ridgecrest a great place to own a home. The area’s median housing price can be found in the brochure, “Ridgecrest City at a Glance” at
  • You can also learn more about housing in Ridgecrest at
What is the closest airport to Ridgecrest?

The most popular airports are Bakersfield Airport (1 hr 50 min away), Ontario International Airport (2 hrs 20min away), Burbank Airport (2 hr 12 min away), Los Angeles International Airport LAX (2 hr 45 min away), Las Vegas Airport LAS (3 hr 30 min away). For those who like to fly their own planes, Inyokern airport is only 14 min away.

What are the schools like in Ridgecrest?
  • Ridgecrest has one public K-12 school district, Sierra Sands Unified School District. You can learn more about Ridgecrest schools at
  • Additionally, Ridgecrest has excellent alternative schooling options including two Montessori Pre-School and Kindergarten facilities, private schools, charter schools, and Cerro Coso Community College.

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