I honestly don't know what the temp agencies requirements are, sorry.. i'm still a nursing student
but I've lived in the area here since 1999. I dod software tech support before, and the temp agencies always kept me busy. I know a guy who worked primarily thru the temp agencies for a while (at least 4-5 years) as LPN.. he seemed to like it and it worked out well for his schedule. Yeah, any agency isn't going to pay as well as a hospital, but you don't have to do it forever either.
Welcome to the area! St Pete (like any city) has its good and bad neighborhoods. Out of all Pinellas County, (since I can't afford to live on the beach)
my favorite places to live would be St Pete, Dunedin, and Largo. I could rent a house in Pasco County for 2/3 what we're paying for rent at our apartment.. but then there'd be a commute involved. My hubby works in Clearwater and wanted to live close to his work.. we used to live in St Pete and because of all the construction on US 19, it took 45 minutes to an hour just to drive 14 miles. So we moved to Clw. The people who have it the worst on commuting here that are the folks who have to cross Tampa Bay (in either direction) during the am and pm rush hours over any of the bridges. So not fun. Try to avoid that if you can. There'as always wrecks