Florida nursing salaries - seriously???? - page 8

I'm considering switching careers to nursing. The two things I'm taking into consideration, of equal importance, are: Would I like this job most of the time? And what is the salary? Now, someone I... Read More

  1. by   gradRN2007
    nbch:nothing better than walking your dogs christmas day and wearing flip flops...but have lived in south florida 40 years and still love it...i think everything is relative..live in NY get NY salary and pay NY cost of living..same with CA, and same with FL. house paid $165 worth $350 don't want to sell which is good but eventually i will get a good price if i want to sell..............make good money and have never been flipped off living down here years, but i always treat people like I want to be treated and it usually works...i am one of those " i love living here in the sunshine state people....right now i am in a critical care nursing course for 1 month that my job is paying for..how lucky can i be...love my job, love my life, love south florida
  2. by   Tweety
    Quote from gradRN2007
    nbch:nothing better than walking your dogs christmas day and wearing flip flops...but have lived in south florida 40 years and still love it...i think everything is relative..live in NY get NY salary and pay NY cost of living..same with CA, and same with FL. house paid $165 worth $350 don't want to sell which is good but eventually i will get a good price if i want to sell..............make good money and have never been flipped off living down here years, but i always treat people like I want to be treated and it usually works...i am one of those " i love living here in the sunshine state people....right now i am in a critical care nursing course for 1 month that my job is paying for..how lucky can i be...love my job, love my life, love south florida
    Nice to read something positive. I've lived here for 16 years and really am not going to pack in it and move. I make it just fine, have a 3-bedroom, two bath house, and no snow to shovel outside. There's good and bad everywhere and while I might make more money somewhere else, there still will be problems to dwell on.

    I do feel bad for people moving here from elsewhere not because of the low salaries, but the sticker shock of the recent rise in the cost of living here. Those of us who bought out homes before 2000 are sitting pretty. I bought mine in 2001 just as the big real estate rises were starting.
    Last edit by Tweety on Feb 7, '08
  3. by   pepperann35
    Quote from Danish
    PCU...where do you work? Im at Palms of pasadena
    LTC/ Rehab in Zephyrhills
  4. by   akanini
    Thanks you two for giving me hope. I hate the fact that my husband has to shovel snow. LOL... But it is true every place has it's good and bad and I'm glad the good has been posted.
  5. by   9livesRN
    some of this people scare me...
    imagine if i am the patient and i get a ****** off nurse that makes no money and pays a lot of rent...

    SHE WILL MISS THE VEIN A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!


    if you are in nursing for the money.... sorry it is just stupid!

    Of course I am getting into nursing school, expecting to get my professional goals accomplished! and of course dont want to live paycheck to payccheck... but that is something that i am building now, to collect later! getting my rn then bsn then master .. CRNA....
    ! that is my goal , and on God's name... if we are all alive and the site online... in aabout 8 years from today i will be where i want... till then i will have fun and eat off the dollar menu!
  6. by   9livesRN
    i will have a get together at the ale house when i pas the neclex!
  7. by   valkyria
    florida has something for everyone and there is no perfect situation. miami has ridiculous housing prices and the nursing salaries are not competititve. orllando is a little less pricey and have much beter salaries. northern florida has a much lower cost of living but the pay may not be what it should. you have to decide which you are not willing to compromise. many organizations try to offer an attractive benefits package to compensate but be sure to read all the fine print before you sign anything and remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. but in nursing, there are always options and many different roads your career can take, just find what turns you on and makes you look forward to going to work the next day. you spend a good part of your life in your career so it has to be something that makes you smile. life is short...a day in a job you do not like, can seem like an eternity.
  8. by   Floridamom
    There are many different areas to work as a nurse - LPN or RN. Hospitals always pay the least, nursing homes/rehab facilities pay better, and home health pays the best. There is always room for growth and you will never be bored. If you get tired of one area of nursing you can go to a different area.
  9. by   anc33
    Quote from Floridamom
    There are many different areas to work as a nurse - LPN or RN. Hospitals always pay the least, nursing homes/rehab facilities pay better, and home health pays the best. There is always room for growth and you will never be bored. If you get tired of one area of nursing you can go to a different area.
    I guess it depends where you are. Around here hospitals pay the best by far. Those who work HH (even though the hospital) are practically volunteers.
  10. by   AngBthatsme
    Hi
    Just wanted add to this post. I have worked at LRMC for 3.5 years and I have been a nurse for almost 6 years. I make $27.41 base rate. My night differential is approximately $4.50. SO YES I do make over $30 an hour at LRMC. They no longer are offering the weekender position, so those that have it are grandfathered. The weekender position was that the differential was an additional 1/3 of your base rate of pay, plus the night differential if you worked nights. Sweet deal it was, but you gave up every weekend. We used to get raises twice a year. Our contract was renegotiated last fall and we get a raise once a year now and the percentage is tied into our performance evaluations. I do hear that the new graduates are being hired on at about $20.00 and hour. As far as nursing homes paying more than hospitals. I dont find that this is true. LPNs are making more money at nursing homes, but I dont know about RNs. Happy nursing all.

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