What's the job market like in Florida right now? New grad. - page 2

by bluebeetle7

Hi y'all. Contemplating moving from NY to Florida. Job situation any better there for new grad? No experience. I would love to start out in Med/Surg. Thanks.... Read More


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    Quote from CP2013
    $21/hr in the Orlando area at least
    Oh thank goodness. I was really really scared there for a minute. That's just short of what I make now and I find it liveable. It would be nice to make more eventually though....
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    Quote from mrsbacktoschool

    Oh thank goodness. I was really really scared there for a minute. That's just short of what I make now and I find it liveable. It would be nice to make more eventually though....
    The $21/hr is for new grads. But sadly, the nurses in Florida seem to rarely break $30/hr. lots of overtime if available.

    And not to mention the sheer number of new grads. Employers have their pick of new grads! It's all about being competitive. Grades don't matter nearly as much as networking and that BSN.
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    Maybe I've been in Orlando too long, because that would be a pretty lateral move in pay. I'm in mental health services, where the starting pay for new grads (masters level) is $25K. I was hoping to move to Seattle eventually, where pay is higher across the board.
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    Yeah, Florida is a really low pay scale because you get paid in sunshine as they say. The working conditions in central Florida I have noticed is an interesting dynamic. They have either been here 20+ years or less than 5 and looking elsewhere. I think a lot of people get stuck because of young children, and an inability to uproot their family and support system.

    It is what it is. I have noticed that mental health healthcare workers are paid so little in the big cities, but in the more rural areas, they are so desperate for MH nurses and NP's they are offering relocations and sign on bonuses and pleading to get staff there.

    I think mental health covers such a large population such as schizophrenia all the way to dementia so there are often more jobs in the older cities because of elderly populations requiring care as well.


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