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Hey, all! I hate to be typing the same ole', same ole' here, but I have some questions and would LOVE YOU FOREVER if you could take the time to answer them! My family lives in Florida and they are encouraging us big-time to... Read More


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    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Okay, this is where I'm at. Shands has the only really large Level III NICU in that area- is that correct? I've spoken to the HR people and they sent me a nice package of info, and while they didn't quote me a rate (I'm going to call back and speak to a specific rep when the time gets a bit closer), the diffs are fairly high (and certainly comparable to where I live now). I know that the housing there is affordable, and the city is appealing to me precisely because it isn't so large. So that's one choice. However, I'm worried about hubby getting a job (smaller city = less opportunities), and this is forcing me to look at Jacksonville as the second option.

    Thank you for that info about Jacksonville! I'm checking out Wolfson Children's Hospital because most children's hospitals have regional transport services, and this is the type of place where jobs are most readily available for me (like Shands)- even if I can't get a job in the NICU, they may have other pedi jobs I might be interested in. I like that Jacksonville is a larger city, has more options for entertainment, more job opportunities for hubby, and now I know (thanks to you!) that they have more hospitals, which means more job opportunities for *me*. Thanks for the info about the bidding wars- that's interesting, and I totally follow your line of thinking there.

    Basically what's leading me to the final decision will be the hospital- hubby's work is fluctuant, so we're depending on my income and need to maximize that as much as possible while still being happy. Difficult to do!

    I like that Jacksonville is closer to the beaches, too- as I said, hubby's from California and is craving some sand and sea right now. In January I think I might be going down there for three or four days, if I can swing some affordable airfare, so I hope to take a day to see each city a little bit, with an interview/tour of some facilities (those are going to be VERY long days!) and get more of a feel for which one is best for us.

    Orlando is a tough one for me. Honestly, every bone in my body is saying, ''NoNONONONO!!!" to Orlando. The ONLY things that are keeping Orlando on the list at this point are the fact that they have two major hospitals, tons of entertainment options, and probably more job opportunities for hubby. I asked him what he thought, and he said that if we moved to Orlando, he was going to do everything in his power not to work in downtown Orlando. I said, well, WHY would we move there, then? I mean, realistically, we're not going to Disney World every weekend, and if we wanted to, we could just drive there and spend the night if we lived in, say, Gainesville or Jacksonville. So I have to keep taking the entertainment out of the equation, which leaves me with a not-so-hot impression of Orlando: suburban nightmare (all the new housing tracts), sinkholes, traffic that makes you cry, etc. I apologize to ANYONE who lives in Orlando right now, because I'm sure you love it, but to someone coming from out of state, I'm having a hard time finding enough good factors to make me enthusiastic about it. :kiss No offense!

    Hubby has nixed Tampa/St. Pete because of the distance between there and my family (he said it defies the point of moving there, which was to be closer to them).

    I just want to thank you all again for being so sweet and answering these questions. You have no idea how stressful this is for me! I've only lived in one place my entire life and am nervous about the move, leaving my job here (which I like very much) and finding a new one, hubby finding work, finding housing , etc. My family is not being much help, as they are completely biased and just want us to live as close as possible (which I don't blame them for but it is less than helpful!). If I ever meet any of you I promise to cook you the best meal of your life AND charm you with my witty repartee. You can't beat that offer. Well, you probably could, but I'm poor. It's the best I can do right now.
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    yes shands has a large level III.....they have some kids with very rare disorders and diseases....i think you could be very happy there. i think the pay is very competitive, you should give it a try
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    in orlando arnold palmer hospital is a good start. pay for 2yrs exp prob around 20.00 maybe 21.00 hr, with all the diffs etc. orlando in general is crowded, housing isnt bad, florida has no state tax, humidity is high, decent winters, 600.00 month apt is probably there, but not in the best of areas. 750.00 -850.00 is more reasonable for a decent apt. If possible do the travel assignment first see what u think. well thats it from orlando lol
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    kmrmom, i sent you a PM!
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    Originally posted by rmprn
    kmrmom, i sent you a PM!
    Thanks, I just pm'd you back!
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    Well, I've lived in Jacksonville for 8 years, West Palm Beach for 2 years, and now Tampa since this June. I think for these areas, Jax is the cheapest for living expenses, the traffic sucks, as in all of these areas, there are several big hospitals in each town, and everyone knows that there are better waves on the atlantic coast of Fl. There are also many opportunities for nurses in WPB, but is quite expensive, and ofcourse if you don't speak spanish, it will be a rough ride until you learn it, I found this out while working at the health department in South Fl. where 90 percent of the clients were spanish speaking, the other 9 percent were from Haiti and only spoke haitian creole, and I felt like I was in another country. Now due to my spouse's job, we've relocated to Tampa where I have discovered many hospitals as well, especially around the University of South Fl. There seems to be numerous job opportunities for a NICU nurse.
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    Nicu Nurse,

    The city i will talk about was not on your list, but it is in FL- Pensacola to be exact. Sacred Heart Hospital has a NICU am not sure the level, but there is no other NICU within a few hundred miles i am sure; Pcola has great beaches, low crime, good yr round weather and very affordable housing. You are 3 hrs from New Orleans and 5 hrs from Jacksonville. The starting pay is around 17, but they pay for any past experience so it is easy to start at a higher base rate. Night diff is 3.50; they have a WOW prgram for weekends only that pays i think about a 33-50% premium but it is very hard to get the WOW gig. One other perk, they pay a 12,000 sign on bonus (no joke!) payable monthly over 2 yrs to experienced nurses. There is another hospital in town paying same sign on bonus but they have no NICU. If you don't need benefits then POOL pays higher.......

    My opinion of the rest of FL, you cannot go wrong moving to Lakeland or near Lakeland because it is in between Orlando and Tampa. So, your choices for work are immense if you don't mind a little drive, or you could just work in Lakeland and have no drive.

    Jacksonville I have been to a few times on trips and have always liked it, don't know what it would be like to live in. I have a friend who lives twenty minutes north of Tampa, and have been to Tampa a few times and enjoyed it, but you are supposed to enjoy vacations right? I know traffic and crime are higher everywhere that I have mentioned in comparison to Pcola area. The community we live (not Pcola proper) in also has a school system in top percentage nationwide. If you have kids, very much consider the school system in the community you move to because they are not all created equal.

    Good luck on your decision
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    I just thought I should add that our good friend was just hired at Shands Jax after moonlighting as a agency nurse at various facilities. He has several years experience and he is starting at $25 and yes this is for full-time. If he doesn't take the benefits package it is another $4 an hour (and he is still full-time if he elects not to take benefits). Of coarse there is night differential if one chooses nights. Just thought I would update the person who is considering moving to the area!!
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    Thank you! :kiss
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    Does anyone know anything about the Hendry Regional Medical Center and it's sattelites in Clewiston, FL?
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