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    I am considering relocating to Florida, friend suggested Clearwater. Currently working in elderly rehab on the isle of Man. Any communication, advise would be appreciated.

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    I do not know many places in florida but Tampa could be a good start. Check it out on the web.
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    I am looking at Florida too. I worked at JFK Memorial near West Palm Beach (Atlantis) in 1979, but as a Respiratory Therapist. It was a nice, community hospital that has since GROWN to be what appears to be a very large facility. There are many nice hospitals in the West Palm Beach area. From what I understand, the pay is still on the low side.

    I'm working for the VA now and interested in the Tampa Bay area. I hear mixed things about Tampa and the area around the VA hospital there.

    I'll follow posts here as well because I need to find out more information before seriously considering relocating.

    GOOD LUCK!
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    Everywhere down here has bad places. Most large hospital systems that pay the best do deal with tougher clientele. You just don't live close to the hospital. You can be in driving distance and be fine. I live about 20 minutes away from work. Down here it very important to research the neighborhood before moving. There are many areas where just down the street from a nice neighborhood is a bad area.

    I'm not familiar with Tampa too much
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    Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater has the best and the worst of an urban area. Lots of nice beaches, arts, things to do, attractions, food. Lots of traffic, miserable hot summers, crime, questionable education for children.

    The pay isn't as good as it is up north. But there is no state income tax, and property is lower so I hear.
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    Tampa is a pretty good place to live. I've been here for 7 years now. As long as you live in the right place, traffic isn't too unbearable. New Tampa is a disaster, don't recommend that or West Tampa in terms of traffic. I don't have any kids, but I heard the education system sucks here. St Pete is really nice too, but I don't know too much about the bad parts. Here in Tampa you could go a block away and suddenly the neighborhood goes down fast. The area near the VA hospital and USF isn't that great, but if you can afford to live in South Tampa and commute up there, it's good b/c you go opposite of traffic in the morning and afternoon
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    What is it like in West Palm? I am trying to find a HHA Director there without much luck, is it not one of the preferred areas in Fla?
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    Here is my opinion: I just relocated to Fl from NY state, If I were you I would reconsider!! Two words "Back woods" NY is one of the most advanced states as far as nursing and education go, I was VERY surprised, at least in the hospital I chose, I am finding myself exposed to policies and practices that were outdated 10-15 years ago! There is no organization and the pace of life in general is about 20 times slower than I am used to!! I got upset when a stat order took 1 1/2 hours to carry out and I was given a printed policy that STAT means within 1 hour!! Can you believe that? Other than that, the weather is great, and the change of scenery is great, but i'll be glad to leave.
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    Originally posted by lucy24
    Here is my opinion: I just relocated to Fl from NY state, If I were you I would reconsider!! Two words "Back woods" NY is one of the most advanced states as far as nursing and education go, I was VERY surprised, at least in the hospital I chose, I am finding myself exposed to policies and practices that were outdated 10-15 years ago! There is no organization and the pace of life in general is about 20 times slower than I am used to!! I got upset when a stat order took 1 1/2 hours to carry out and I was given a printed policy that STAT means within 1 hour!! Can you believe that? Other than that, the weather is great, and the change of scenery is great, but i'll be glad to leave.
    Well, there's a lid for every pot and one man's trash is another's treasure. I relocated to Florida five years ago and I hate it as well; I'm leaving in 2005 after I graduate. However, there are many whom adore it here. Back woods is accurate - an attorney friend told me Florida still has an "old south" mentality. Yet you can't beat the weather if you want year-round warmth. If you are a tennis/golf/swimming enthusiast, Florida is for you. Depends what your priorities are, and which part of Florida. I'm told different parts of Florida are like different states, and I can't speak for Tampa.
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    Property is lower, but that's changing quickly. Tampa is a nice place to live, but children's education sucks. Clearwater and St Pete are nice but it sucks when the snowbirds come down! I don't know much about the VA hospital though! I'm happy in Tampa but I don't have any kids and I live on South Tampa, which is the best place in terms of traffic, and you can easily access the bridges to St Pete.


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