HELP...Need info on Tampa/St. Pete Hospitals - page 2

I currently live in Laurel, MD and work as an OB RN with a BSN. I also have experience working long-term care Per Diem. My husband and I are trying to move to Tampa/St. Pete this August and are in... Read More

  1. by   nursen_99
    Quote from cop's wife
    hi, this is copswife cop,

    in east manatee you have easy access to i-75 (tampa bound) and i-275 (st.pete bound), check your florida map and you'll see what i mean. in manatee you are close to several malls and lots of basic support retailers. the area has canoeing and some nice beaches (20 min or so, depending on the homes location). there are state parks in the area (like little manatee river state park). beaching is something that usually tapers off as your time in florida lengthens, unless you have teens that just go to hang out and be seen.

    one thing to consider in the great real estate quest...... flood insurance and hurricane evacuation zones. frequently, nurses are stuck at the hospital during hurricane warnings. it can be nerve racking when you're at work and the family is home. evacuation should be a choice, not mandatory.

    manatee memorial hospital is close at hand. tampa has tampa general (which includes a children's hospital) and st. joseph's hospital. a few more options for you to check out.

    feel free to ask anything else........
    hi cop's wife,

    thanks again for your post. it's so informative. i tried to do a couple of searches on housing in east manatee and keep coming up with nothing. i told my agent and i am waiting for her call. i did speak with st. joseph's and they don't have any l&d/high risk ob. the recruiter pointed me back to bayfront. the recruiter at tampa general kept on trying to push me towards med-surg and the like for her hospital. when i absolutely wouldn't budge, she too pointed me to bayfront. i'll try again later. maybe i'll find another recruiter who can tell me about peds. i pray it's not only 1 recruiter on staff. :-)

    how can i find out about the hurricane and evac zones? i guess i'll ask the agent about that too. i definitely want it to be voluntary. i felt so bad this past yr w/ all the evacs you guys had to do. that getting stuck at work business is tough to swallow. i'll have a toddler and a baby and my hubby would panic for sure! :-) i guess we'll have to deal.

    what is the avg price for a 4br/2 ba house in the east manatee area? any clue?

    thanks so much,
    nancy
  2. by   nursen_99
    Quote from rjflyn
    another option for you nurse-99 that you may not have thought of but might be an option would be to look in to a travel assignment in the area. it would get you down into the area and give you some time to look for yourself. it could even lead to a permenant position at that particular hospital. most travel companies provide shared housing but for a small fee- prob much less than to rent an place private housing. this would save you money esp since your spouse would be looking for work. i work er and it's what we are doing till we decide we want to stay here permenantly.

    rj
    hi rjflyn,

    thanks for your reply. i did briefly consider traveling. i thought it'd be a great way to test the waters at some facilities. i decided against it for several reasons.

    one was that i want to take advantage of any relocation $ i can get. i paid a bunch of $ out of pocket to move last yr and i really would prefer not to again this yr, especially since the move to fla will likely cost me much more.

    2nd, my whole family will be moving. i understand that the travel groups tend to provide 1 br apts. i need a 2 br.

    3rd, i keep hearing so many things about people getting screwed by the travel groups that i'm affraid of them. with a new baby, moving, a new area and a new job, i don't know if i can take on fighting w/ an agency in the event that i'd get screwed.

    what about you? who are you with? are they housing your whole family? what hospital are you at now? how do you like it?

    your info is really appreciated.

    thanks,
    nancy
  3. by   majaka
    Quote from nursen_99
    hi cop's wife,

    thanks again for your post. it's so informative. i tried to do a couple of searches on housing in east manatee and keep coming up with nothing. i told my agent and i am waiting for her call. i did speak with st. joseph's and they don't have any l&d/high risk ob. the recruiter pointed me back to bayfront. the recruiter at tampa general kept on trying to push me towards med-surg and the like for her hospital. when i absolutely wouldn't budge, she too pointed me to bayfront. i'll try again later. maybe i'll find another recruiter who can tell me about peds. i pray it's not only 1 recruiter on staff. :-)

    how can i find out about the hurricane and evac zones? i guess i'll ask the agent about that too. i definitely want it to be voluntary. i felt so bad this past yr w/ all the evacs you guys had to do. that getting stuck at work business is tough to swallow. i'll have a toddler and a baby and my hubby would panic for sure! :-) i guess we'll have to deal.

    what is the avg price for a 4br/2 ba house in the east manatee area? any clue?

    thanks so much,
    nancy
    it would be very hard to find anything under 300k. check www.realtor.com city would be bradenton or try zip codes that start with 342, such as 34212
  4. by   Cop's Wife
    Each county has there maps and zones. your real estate agent should be able to help you with that info. I would also like to suggest southern Hillsborough county. It is rural but the area is very pretty, well inland and is still realativly inexpensive. A community called Sundance is in that area and my husband loved it when he lived there. Again it is Rural, the area will grow rapidly over time and with the ages of your kids, by the time they get to the point of needing t-ball, soccer, scouting etc. The area may have grown up. This part of Florida is not exactly designed for close community living. Usually we parents have to drive our kids everywhere anyway, nothing is really close here. It is a very pleasent commute over the Sunshine Skyway bridge it is about 25 minutes from Sundance to Bayfront hospital, but it is all highway. I think houses in that area go for about 175,000 to 200,000. Sundance property owners association has a website, I don't know the URL I will try to find it for you. This is just a suggestion, remember it is rural.
  5. by   UM Review RN
    I think I'd come down, rent, and go into a Pool position somewhere--say, All Children's or St. Joseph's, just to get used to the area and feel out the hospital culture.
  6. by   johana
    As far as East M. county is concerned also consider new development of housing in Parrish; Ellenton and Palmetto. These towns are close( 15 to 30 min ) to:
    Manatee Memorial Hospital (Bradenton)
    Lakewood Ranch Medical Center (full hospital) Bradenton/Sarasota
    Blake Hospital Bradenton
    Sarasota Memorial Hospital about 45 min drive away.
  7. by   nursen_99
    hi angie,

    i did think about doing a pool position but let that idea go as i really want to take advantage of a relocation package. also, i need to carry medical coverage while my hubby searches for a job.

    Quote from angie o'plasty, rn
    i think i'd come down, rent, and go into a pool position somewhere--say, all children's or st. joseph's, just to get used to the area and feel out the hospital culture.
  8. by   nursen_99
    Quote from angie o'plasty, rn
    i think i'd come down, rent, and go into a pool position somewhere--say, all children's or st. joseph's, just to get used to the area and feel out the hospital culture.

    hi,

    can you tell me anything about st. joe's women's in tampa? i'm looking at there as my 1st choice and want to know what's the opinion of that place.

    thanks for your help,
    nancy
  9. by   rjflyn
    i can understand being worried about a particualr travel company by what you read online. but for every bad story your hear there are probably many more good that you dont hear like anything else. as far as relocation nothing says you cant do the travel thing to find a place you want to stay while trying to sell your home in your current location or else storing your stuff until you find a hospital you like. that and one can still get relocation money from a hospital if they want you bad enough- for example the one i currently work for made such an offer during orientaiton no less. as far as the apartment size mine allowed my wife to travel with me and provided a one bedroom at no extra charge- i waived a points reward option to get this. if i wanted a larger apt i could have one- just pay the difference, course the added room/s are not funished like the one bedroom.

    rj

    Quote from nursen_99
    hi rjflyn,

    thanks for your reply. i did briefly consider traveling. i thought it'd be a great way to test the waters at some facilities. i decided against it for several reasons.

    one was that i want to take advantage of any relocation $ i can get. i paid a bunch of $ out of pocket to move last yr and i really would prefer not to again this yr, especially since the move to fla will likely cost me much more.

    2nd, my whole family will be moving. i understand that the travel groups tend to provide 1 br apts. i need a 2 br.

    3rd, i keep hearing so many things about people getting screwed by the travel groups that i'm affraid of them. with a new baby, moving, a new area and a new job, i don't know if i can take on fighting w/ an agency in the event that i'd get screwed.

    what about you? who are you with? are they housing your whole family? what hospital are you at now? how do you like it?

    your info is really appreciated.

    thanks,
    nancy
    Last edit by rjflyn on Apr 13, '05
  10. by   bonjovigirl
    I think somebody posted earlier that Tampa is paying 17-19 for a BSN W/ exp. I think you were misquoted. I was offered a few positions in Tampa, and they were all 19+/hr for a diploma grad with NO experience. There are raises the first year too. I know they pay a wee bit more for BSN, (new grad). Also, If you don't need any benefits, UCh pays (again new grads) very well for opting out of benefits. If you don't mind commuting, look at areas north of Tampa/ St. pete. Trinity is very expensive, but West Pasco is still affordable, as well as Hernando county (a fortune compared to when I lived there 5 years ago, but cheap in comparison to Philadelphia, where I live now)
    I was offered a position at a BIg center city philly hosp. for $24/hr. The benefits were EXPENSIVE, and its almost $10 a day to park. Figure in EXTREME cost of living here, and obscene taxes, and that $19/hr looks good. The comparision of what I sold here(philly) for almost $200/k and what I bought there for 150k is crazy (Housewise)(plus prop. taxes). Plus we want to have kids, and you can't send your kids to public school here. I know you have already moved from Philly, but I guarantee you won't miss the money in comparison to the lifestyle in Fl.

    Was it the OP that asked about St. Joes womens? I have a friend that works there and she loves it. I believe its not for profit.

    Anyway, not to keep babbling, I am excited to move, so I may be a little biased, but really, I have heard a million times that nurses generally make the same throught the u.s. because of the varying cost of living. $24 an hour in Philadelphia is nice, but you won't be moving to the suburbs. $19/hr in fl. is decent, if you live outside the city.

    I was shocked however that our homeowners insurance is actually MORE than our property taxes, and thats in a non-flood zone. (Just a little warning).

    Anyway, best of luck to you!!
  11. by   nursen_99
    Hi BonJovi girl,

    I called a couple of places in Tampa and a BSN w/ 1 yr exper, I was told the pay would be about $19/hr. I've only found one paying in the 20's and that's where I am headed. What is UCH? I'd like to talk to them.

    How far is West Pasco from St. Pete? I was looking at Brandon as the prices are still decent. I've been told it's an hour from St. Pete... that's kind of far from the only family I have there. Any idea is appreciated.

    About Philly, I would so not work in CC! Between the traffic in commuting and the $ to park, it's too much of a hassle. The only beauty in any of the CC hospitals is working for HUP because of free tuition to their school. If you are not headed back to school now, I'd look elsewhere. I worked at Frankford-Torresdale and loved it. It's easy to get to (right off 95) and it's free parking. Everything is computerized, the pay is good (I think it's $26/hr base for new grads), it's clean and they offer nice bonuses.

    I also found nicer and better priced housing in the greater Northeast and Bucks County. Bucks Co.'s school system is good also. I'd avoid Philly schools like the plague. I did school nursing Per Diem and swore to NEVER let my kid come anywhere near that school system. It's disgusting.

    Thanks for the comment about St. Joe's Women's. I am definitely going to them. I look forward to my lifestyle in FL. I just need to find nice, affordable housing and I'll be set. :-) I'm very much shocked by how the prices have taken off in St. Pete. It's ridiculous. We were planning on trying to live on 1 income but I guess that's out.

    Thanks so much,
    Nancy
  12. by   paula77720
    Hi,

    just moved here from NYC 3 months ago and presently working med tele at Bayfront. I like the unit - nurse manager and staff in general are supportive to new grad like me. Coming from NYC, i had a huge cut -- from $ 35 to $19/hr. But i work 3 days a week so i cant complain. With no state tax, its more or less comparable and low cost of living. If youre husband is a New yorker, he will find the East Manatee area boring. We live near gandy beach, back of weedon preserve, 15 mins commute to bayfront. We paid 275K (brand new) for a 3 bed house overlooking the preserve. I live the area coz we're near the water and 15-20 mins to tampa, st. pete and clearwater. We miss the energy of NYC but there are a lot of activities in St. Pete downtown on weekends compare to downtown tampa. My hubby work at downtown tampa and he doesnt like it there. Its a ghost town on weekends. Coming from NYC, we like downtown st. pete because its pedestrian friendly -- you can walk from star bucks to baywalk to the pier to vinoy park. And as i said, there are lots of cultural and family activities in dtwon stpete. If i were u, if you can afford to buy a house in old NE, go get one there, there are also new townhouses in our area so PM me if you are interested. We like dtown St. Pete a lot. In fact, we just purchased a new condo on central ave and 10th street and will be moving there once it is finished. We want to walk everywhere just like New york city. But that's just us.... hope this helps u.
  13. by   UM Review RN
    How far is West Pasco from St. Pete?
    You'd go north about an hour. Tarpon Springs area. Very nice area very suburb and much cheaper.

    Here's a link to a very basic map of surrounding counties.


    http://www.floridamaps.info/centralwest.shtml

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