I am beginning to hear rumors of nurses being laid off in Florida and/or nurses having difficulty getting jobs. I am in the process of changing careers from my current one to go back to school for nursing. My current profession has a complete saturation of the job market and virtually no available jobs. I don't want to jump from one sinking ship to another. Anyone know what the employment market is like? Do the nurses out there have jobs? I would be going for a BSN at UCF, through their Accelerated program, and then sitting for the RN shortly thereafter. The UCF advisors tell me that all their graduates have jobs lined up before graduating. What is average starting salary for Central FL RN's with a BSN? Do the salaries go up over time or stay the same as when you start?
Feb 28, '11
The Accelerated class of '09 had problems finding jobs immediately after graduation. This is no knock on them as Orlando Health and Florida Hospital had hiring freezes going on at the time. Naturally this didn't give those of us in the class of '10 a warm and fuzzy feeling. However, most of the '09 class found jobs before the class of '10 graduated.
Now did all the '10 grads have jobs lined up before graduating? No, although a few did have job offers in hand at graduation time. The vast majority of the class of '10 have found jobs by now - many of them in the immediate Orlando area - It took me a month from when I started my search to find my current RN position.
Salaries do rise over time, however, the steps are relatively small. The best bets for increasing salary are in either getting an advanced degree (depends on the discipline), going into certain specialty areas of nursing, or going into higher levels of management.
Last edit by TheLastTime on Feb 28, '11