nursing salaries in florida

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    i am a registered nurse with seven years experience planning to move to southeast florida in may with two kids . looking for average nursing salaries and average pool salaries and do they offer baylor positions :uhoh21:
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    I live in tampa bay....so I can't give details on southeast florida I'm assuming you mean miami/dade area? But I will say from just reading news articles I think the issue in that area is that they have a hard time keeping nurses because the salaries aren't relative to the cost of living...but I'm sure someone who lives there can clarify that for you....

    I will say....knowing spanish will be a plus (HUGE cuban and puerto rican population) and if you are interested in purchasing a home there are programs for nurses that are buying their 1st home, and loans for nurses that are 'no points' whatever that means...

    hope that helps and good luck.
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    hi I live in miami-dade area.. salaries depend on the area you want to go of course, there is one highest paying hospital here and very big too.. average nurse salary for starters are 21 to 24.. depends in your experience and the hospital that you are going. and Yes learning spanish would greatly benefit you.
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    ~ 7 years experience, in south florida including miami, ft. lauderdale, palm beach areas:

    with benefits from $ 24 to $35 per hour

    without benefits $27 to $37 per hour

    agencies pay more ...

    vary on the hospital, experience and specialty area
    Last edit by Life_Wanderer on Jan 18, '07
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    I just came back to Florida after completing a travel assignment, and I'm realizing that I would have done much better (financially) if I had stayed here and worked a direct seasonal contract with one of the local hospitals instead. For example, Holy Cross in Fort Lauderdale is paying in the mid to high 30s per hour, and you can get up to as high as $47/hour if you work weekend nights. Of course, there are no benefits. But that money is still better than most travel contracts I've seen.

    Staff pay rate is still poor. Most are still paying low to mid 20s base, but the diffs add up if you work nights, evenings, and weekends.
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    Could you please explain a typical seasonal contract and do most hospitals offer them? i am particularly interested in the Tampa, Sarasota, Ft. Myers area but would consider Miami.
    Thanks.
    Last edit by Sailingshoes on Feb 20, '07 : Reason: double post
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    Could you please explain a typical seasonal contract and do most hospitals offer them? i am particularly interested in the Tampa, Sarasota, Ft. Myers area but would consider Miami.
    Thanks.
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    Quote from yajaira
    I live in tampa bay....so I can't give details on southeast florida I'm assuming you mean miami/dade area? But I will say from just reading news articles I think the issue in that area is that they have a hard time keeping nurses because the salaries aren't relative to the cost of living...but I'm sure someone who lives there can clarify that for you....

    I will say....knowing spanish will be a plus (HUGE cuban and puerto rican population) and if you are interested in purchasing a home there are programs for nurses that are buying their 1st home, and loans for nurses that are 'no points' whatever that means...

    hope that helps and good luck.
    I live in Miami Lakes and I can tell ya that this poster is on point. The cost of living here is high compared the average salary. I have heard some nurses say that they are making good salaries, but...it takes a lot of money to live in a good area here so believe me it takes it. A moderate home starts at around $350,000...thats a 3/2. A nice apartment in GOOD area $1200 that's a 2/2. Basically, if you want to live in a nice area Miami Lakes, Aventura, Miami beach (certain parts), Pembroke Pines, Miramar (SW) just to name a few...then you will need to make a good salary. And spanish is definitely a plus.

    Oh yeah! A lot of people are leaving the Miami dade area due to the cost of living...
    Last edit by ex1140 on Feb 26, '07 : Reason: added a sentence
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    I work local agency w/2 agencies. Carry your own insurance and you're ahead of the game. I make between $38-$40/hr.

    If I were to work per diem pool rates, they're around $33/hr. I've been a Nurse for 28 years so I'm at the high end.
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    Mercy Hospital has the highest night differential. It's 25% with no $ max. There are weekend programs at many hospitals that pay extra. Whether or not any hospitals have a traditional Baylor plan, I don't know For example, at Mercy they wanted you to work 6 twelve hr shifts and 1 eight hr shift to get full 80 hr pay. Most nurses just worked the 6 twelves though and left out the eight. Try some of the hospital websites. Mercymiami.com and Baptisthealth.net are two that I know. But you can google Miami hospitals to get others.

    I speak Spanish and consider it a plus. However, majority of nurses here don't speak Spanish.

    Housing is expensive, but not on same level as California or NY. Big expense right now is cost of windstorm insurance. Why not consider a travel assignment. One of the nurses where I work is a traveler. Guess where she travels from--- Fort Lauderdale. She gets housing allowance and all the other perks. I've met several nurses here who started in Miami on travel assignments, then signed on as staff nurses after one or two contract terms.


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