[QUOTE=NICU_Nurse]Hi, again! Okay. Have applied for Fl license (waiting, waiting...
) and am in the process of tying things up here (selling car, packing/discarding, etc.). Was originally looking at the Orlando area, but was not impressed. Furthermore, am an NICU nurse, and there are pitifully few jobs there (really, only one hospital I might have been interested in working for, and haven't been impressed with the nurse recruiter so far, few jobs, none on my unit, etc.). Looked at Jacksonville (nixed). Looked at Gainesville, same thing. One hospital, just hired 90 (whoa!) new grads, no spots available.
Family suggested Tampa area, which I'd not previously considered since it was so geographically low in FL (moving to be closer to family/friends), but WOW! I'm impressed. So many hospitals, more than one with Level III NICU's, many with Mother/Baby or Peds, some with Level II's, etc. I'm excited about this! I'm off this week and going to start my round of never-ending phone calls tomorrow morning, and I'm visiting FL in May so will have a chance to look around, but in the meantime.... (see, this is where I smile really pretty and look at you with pleading eyes)...
I know that some of you live in/around Tampa. Thirty-forty mile radius is what we're looking at (something commute-able). Puh-leeze, will someone either PM me or post here on this? I KNOW everybody gets sick of doing this, because it seems like everybody in this forum wants to move to Florida, but I SWEAR TO YOU I am moving in the next four months (by August 1st I *will* be moved, whether you help me or not!!!!), and I need all the help I can get.
Opinions on the hospitals? Looking at St. Josephs (Children's and Women's), Bayfront Medical Center, University Community, and Brandon? I will take ANYTHING- personal experience, anecdotes, salary info (don't throw anything at me- I realize this is completely dependant on personal experience, etc.), hate it, love it, whatever. Opinions on any other aspect of living are welcome, too. Happy there? Horrible traffic? Great weather? WHATEVER! I'm desperate, really, and it's coming to crunch time and I feel horribly disorganized with this whole thing (moving both of us pretty much on my own with no assistance from others, aside from you)- it's daunting.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I apologize if I've put anybody out.
Have you looked at All Children's Hospital yet? I work there in SICU and have floated several times into our NICU (N2, N3). ACH is a great place to work. Staffing is almost always excellent and most of the nurses are cooperative and really like the work that they do. Salaries are competitive and benefits are good. (you get health benefirts from day one) They are lots of opportunties for education/growth. St. Petersburg is a great city. Wonderful churches, tremendous parks, fabulous resturants and several local colleges/universities within short driving distance. Hope this helps some.