Franco and leanjess,
The job market in Miami/Ft Lauderdale area is terrible even for experienced nurses, I have been looking online in Miami, Tampa and Sarasota for about a year now for ICU positions mostly. Many of the job postings will specify that new grads need not apply. Not sure about the Orlando hospitals since I'm not really interested in that area, but it seems that the Tampa/Sarasota area has more positions than Miami does. Another note about Miami in particular is that they often only hire new grads that are scholarship
applicants from the Miami area nursing programs
(I know this is the case for the Baptist system and UMiami hospital). If your from out of state and a new grad, your chances are slim to none, but hey you never know. You can try Jackson Memorial, Aventura or Hilehia (spelling
?) hospitals. Franco, did you search for jobs before you moved? I have been tracking the jobs there for a while and none of this information about positions stating that new grads need not apply or open positions for scholarship applicants only are new. This has been posted for about a year already.
I know that All Childrens in St Pete does have a new grad residency, but there is also Moffit Cancer Center, Sarasota Memorial, Manatee County, St Pete General, Tampa General and Lee Memorial (Ft Myers) in the Tampa region which you can also apply to.
I would have never imagined that it would be this difficult for new grad nurses to land jobs, since there was/is a shortage. Not saying that anyone here has this issue, but in all fairness, I have seen new grads complain that they can't find jobs yet they are only interested in working in a specific specialty, only want to work days, don't want to work holidays or weekends or are not happy with the starting pay, so they are ruling out the open door that is giving them a chance.
Good luck to you guys, keep checking the hospital websites and other sites like indeed. If possible, take BLS for sure, and maybe ACLS and/or PALS if you can swing it (both classes are over $250). Send out those resumes and hope for the best!