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Blue, get ready for sticker shock - pay in Florida will be drastically less than NY, for the same job. I relocated to FL from PA, and moved back up north again. Job market was bad when I left, but it would depend where you are looking in FL. Do you have any ideas yet? Culture is very different, but there are lots of NYers in South Florida, on the ocean side. It's nickname is "NY South"
New grads in orlando make around $21 & there are TONS of nursing schools. They are pushing them out nurses SO fast & it's a pain! some hospitals are already "familiar" with the area nursing schools so they give those GNs jobs.
Also, I have friends that were techs and still have not found GN jobs. It depends on your luck, I guess!
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.