New grad relocating to Tampa,FL from AL

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    Hello everyone,

    I just graduated with my BSN in July and am relocating to Tampa,Fl after NCLEX and I get endorsed license for Florida around November/December. What is the starting pay for new grads in the Tampa,Fl and St. Petersburg area? Also what are good areas of Tampa to move to or nearby cities. I've been to about Valrico and Brandon,Fl to visit, IDK if they are good places to live,only there for 2 days. Me and my fiance just graduated and looking to get away from Alabama like STAT! Plz help. Thanks!

    P.S. Are any of the VA systems hiring new grads?And I am looking for a Med Surg position as well.
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    Hi teokie0824-
    I am a new grad that moved to the Tampa area this past July. I have to forewarn you, I have been looking for 3 months now and have only found 2 internship programs thus far. I know that Tampa General Hospital has them 2x a year and Baycare Hospitals have them periodically.

    Aside from the Graduate Nurse Programs, pretty much every other place I have looked or applied wants experience. Since I didn't complete my clinicals in Tampa, I don't have the connections that others might. If you can tolerate it, I would try and get at least six months to a year under your belt before moving if I were you. Then the possibilities would be endless. Also, you will have your BSN which will likely give you an advantage over others like me with an ASN.

    Also, as far as living in Tampa or surrounding areas, it really depends what you like. There are some trendy places downtown. We live in South Tampa and it is pretty decent. There is a lot of traffic around here though.

    Best of luck whatever you decide.
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    Hello there - I just wondered how your search has since ended up. I am in Arkansas and moving to the area in a couple of months. I have been trying to look online. I have been a psych nurse for 1 year.. would like to have had more med surg experience. I, too, have an ASN.. but should complete my BSN within the next two months. I am also trying to find out the average cost of living.. and average pay of a new RN in the area.. any suggestions of where to look is greatly appreciated.. I am blasting allnurses.com for any help. I will be there in April trying to find a place in the clearwater area.
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    Hello there - I just wondered how your search has since ended up. I am in Arkansas and moving to the area in a couple of months. I have been trying to look online. I have been a psych nurse for 1 year.. would like to have had more med surg experience. I, too, have an ASN.. but should complete my BSN within the next two months. I am also trying to find out the average cost of living.. and average pay of a new RN in the area.. any suggestions of where to look is greatly appreciated.. I am blasting allnurses.com for any help. I will be there in April trying to find a place in the clearwater area.
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    Hello thx hbestrn but I've decided to wait to get experience from all the searching online at tampa hospitals. I was wondering about moving to Valrico,Brandon or St. Petersberg area idk where the bad areas are...just don't want to get there and get a place and n the wrong area. I am now getting my experience in Mobile,Al. Does anyone know the pay for a yr experienced RN in tampa? If u do plz let me know. i will be in the Tampa area permanently in Dec or January. Thx n advance, btw did u ever find a job there?


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