All depends on perspective---and perspective is always skewed when you compare apples to oranges. Even in Florida, the scope of practice for LPNs is a little different than the one for RNs. There are certain things that the Florida BON does not permit LPNs to do independently, and there are hospitals in Florida that no longer hire LPNs.
This doesn't mean that LPNs are not valuable, educated, and skilled people because I know quite a few of them who could run circules around many RNs, but its not simply a matter of job security for RNs either. If the hospitals could hire only LPNs and pay them lower salaries to do what they are paying RNs a higher salary to do, you can be assured that most of them would get rid of the RNs---for no other reason than the labor cost savings. Many hospital administrators have determined that its more cost efficient to hire an RN that they can charge with 100% responsibility for patient care, than to hire an LPN who will require RN supervision in certain circumstances. For instance, they can assign more patients to an RN, regardless of the acuity of the patients, and hold that RN fully responsible for independently assessing, overseeing, and executing 100% the patient's care needs. The BON's rules do not permit them do this with LPNs.
Why am I still here? Well, I own a home in Florida and have lived here most of my life. I don't dislike Florida, but there have been many, many changes here over the years and not all of them have been good. Some of the hospitals in south Florida used to be quite good...until they got taken over by you know who. That's when things really began to go downhill for the nursing profession in this area, and many of the more experienced RNs have since left.
You said that LPNs in New York can give IV therapy, but per the BON, they can't do it in Florida either unless they complete an IV therapy certification course. You said LPNs in NY can't given insulin in a patient's home. It used to be standard nursing practice for even RNs to cross check insulin with another nurse before giving it. Some hospitals don't require that this be done, but I've worked in hospitals that still do. Even when I'm working in hospitals that don't require a co-signature for insulin, I always ask another nurse to look at what I'm drawing up in that syringe. Same with blood. Some hospitals do not permit LPNs to give it or cross-check it, others do. Sometimes it depends on the hospital and whatever policies the risk management people feel are appropriate.
I also disagree that anyone is on here to "bash" certain hospitals. People are merely commenting about their experiences and observations. Since you love working as a nurse in Florida so much then, by all means, you should come back.