Was one of the first hospitals in the anti-union state Florida to go union due to lousy working conditions in the 90's. However, definitely beats working at Winter Haven Hospital(a facility that is going down the tubes), Lake Wales (recently sold by WHH and perpetually in transition), Bartow Memorial (owned by a subsidiary of HCA - for profit). From what I hear, union has improved wages and conditions at LRMC. Previously, they hired and then laid off nurses seasonally (they work you to death during snowbird season and low census you the rest of the year) without much notice. Nurses provided "total care", even to cleaning rooms, toilets, etc. to turnover a room - in select units. You could not collect sick pay unless you were sick three days or more, and provided written documentation. Hopefully those issues have been addressed.
Orlando has some progressive hospitals, not that far a commute from Lakeland if you are near the Parkway or I4.