Orlando or tampa nursing

  1. Hello Nurses of Orlando and Tampa,

    I am a nurse of 6 months living in Indiana. We're moving down to Florida. We're still contemplating which city to live in, I have 5 kids so that will play factor in our decision. My question to you all is, what is the difference in pay scale between the two cities, if there is one? Also which hospitals do you all recommend for employment? Any advice is appreciated!!

    Sincerely
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  3. by   RUmedic
    Quote from trn2015
    Hello Nurses of Orlando and Tampa,

    I am a nurse of 6 months living in Indiana. We're moving down to Florida. We're still contemplating which city to live in, I have 5 kids so that will play factor in our decision. My question to you all is, what is the difference in pay scale between the two cities, if there is one? Also which hospitals do you all recommend for employment? Any advice is appreciated!!

    Sincerely
    I am Tampa area and have been here for about 10 years. There's not much I can say about Orlando except that it's crowded and too touristy to my taste.

    In Tampa we have four major employers: Baycare, Adventist Health, HCA and Tampa General Hospital.

    It would be likely easier for you to get into Adventist Health (Florida Hospitals), which also has branch hospitals in Orlando. Other hospitals are more difficult to get into without sizable experience.

    Don't know much about pay difference but I suspect it'd be the same in either city, but overall lower than in most states due to no FL state or local income tax.
  4. by   bebbercorn
    Once upon a time did nursing in Tampa and I really liked it compared to Orlando, not as spread out, close to great beaches, nice parks... Downtown is not as happening as Orlando, but Orlando is SO touristy. Can't speak for pay.
  5. by   Pamiesue22
    Florida hospital offers large bonuses, I have heard there are no pct's on some units. Orlando health is the other main entity in Orlando. Idk anything about Tampa hospitals. Small town outside of Orlando called Clermont has a nice community hospital called South lake, very friendly atmosphere.
  6. by   trn2015
    Bebbercorn,

    Thank you for your response! I do have a question though, what of Orlando did you not like? I am very much interested in your opinion as I would love Orlando, but I have only visited the city as a tourist not a resident. Is there a big difference in nursing pay between the two cities?

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