British nurse thinking of migrating to California or Florida - page 2

i've been working as a nurse for over seven years in south east england. im currently working in critical care unit/itu. i'm really interested in working in the states. my wife is a nurse as well and... Read More

  1. by   RGN1
    Taxes are higher in CA than many other states, and Florida has no states sales tax, but the salaries are in the $25 dollar range starting..........but again also depends on which part of Florida. This is the range that many of my UK friends have started at there.[/quote]

    Slight mistake here Suzanne, Florida does have state sales tax - it's 6%. New Hampshire doesn't but Florida definitely does.
  2. by   suehp
    Hi,

    If you watn warmer climate either California or Florida is great - but Florida gets very humid in the summer months - around May thourgh to September. It gets in the upper 90's a lot in the AUgust and Septemebr months (sorry cant do Celsius anymore!) The rest of the time it is mild and dry and nice...infact we just had a cold spell where it went down to the low 40's at night and barely touch 60's in the daytime.... Hurricane season runs from May until the end of November. Last year and the year before were bad years but this year (touch wood) we only had Ernesto to worry about and that was a Tropical Storm and to be honest when it hit our area I have seen worse in the UK on a really bad stormy day! If you are preared for Hurriacne season then there is no reason why you cant be happy here (we have a permanent Generator which we invested in a few months ago and we have prper hurriacne shutter for our house and we got plenty of wated and batteries and supplies in ready....Dont know about Tampa/Clearwater as I am on the East Coast in Vero Beach.


    If you go with OGP you WONT get Florida...dont know about the other agency.

    As regards to pay - California pays more than Florida (from what I can gather) but housing etc is more expensive in Californai too (again rom what I can gather)

    I earn about $47,000 a year basic (that is without my night enhancements and shift differentials and weekends and holiday pay). That is for 72 hours. (36 hours a week) they call it full time at 72 or 80 (they do this as they pay bi-weekly) which I gather most nurses get paid this way. I have coming up 17 years experience (although majority of it isnt in the acute setting it didnt matter the fact I have this amount of experience is what counted) This is about average for South East Florida and can differ from hospital to hospital. Cant comment on California only that I know it would be a bit more. 12 hour shifts are 7p-7a

    Average house prices here in my area for a 3/2/2 (which is 3 bedroom/3 bathroom/2 car garage) is about $250,000 (currently with the exchange rate is about 138,000). You can pay more or less depending on what your needs are.

    As reagrds to schools you can check on the schools website for their grading (in my area most schools are grade A and the odd one is grade B) <y sons school is grade B only because it has only been open since August but the Principal came from a Grade A school)

    My 2 sons (aged 10 and 4) both attend school. My 10 year old I have never seen so happy in school. He currently has to go to school for 8 am as he is Patrol Person and has to make sure veryone is safely into school - he loves doing that, He is a 5th Grader and has currently got 4 A's and 2 B's in the last term - he goes to Middle school next August. My youngest goes to Pre-k just in the mornings (we dont want him in full time just yet) and he loves school and is absolutely thriving on it.....

    My advise would be to find an area you like, find out what the schools are like and then go from there - you can always move jobs but it is harder to move your kids from school to school and move house.



    Hope that has helped a little from a Florida Viewpoint... (btw I have been here a year and very happy)

    email me for more inof if need be :spin:
  3. by   BSNtobe2009
    If you like warmer weather, North Carolina and South Carolina are also great choices. The cost of housing is extremely affordable and the pay rates are great for nurses. It's also nice to have four seasons...right now it's in the low 70's (that is warm), and the winters are extremely mild but short. I have only seen one major snow and one major ice storm in the 11 years since I have lived in this area. We don't have tornado's very often, and if you stay in the Eastern part of either state you don't have to worry about Hurricane's either...occasionally they come inland, but it's extremely rare and only happens maybe twice in 100 years.
  4. by   Bar47
    hi sue just looking at the advice you have been giving regarding working in florida, i have just joined the site , i too am interested in relocating to florida although i have only been qualified for just over 1 year we love florida and i think it would be an ideal opportunity to better our lives any advice on how to start the process would be appreciated in fact any advice whatsoever
  5. by   ccunurse123
    many thanks for all your replies guys. once again keep them coming please.
  6. by   suehp
    Quote from Bar47
    hi sue just looking at the advice you have been giving regarding working in florida, i have just joined the site , i too am interested in relocating to florida although i have only been qualified for just over 1 year we love florida and i think it would be an ideal opportunity to better our lives any advice on how to start the process would be appreciated in fact any advice whatsoever


    Welcome to Allnurses Bar47...

    ANything I or anyone else can help you with let us know...I can give you my views on how it is over here for me. Been here 13 months and just started in the last few weeks to feel settled (Hubby & boys were settled pretty quickly!!!) me...well it took a little longer but got there in the end.


    First bit of advice is make sure you have nerves of steel as this journey can really test your patience plus it is such a rollarcoaster ride of emotions..even when you get here for a while too. Second make a start on reading the stickies above that Suzanne ahs done - this will give you a good idea of what to expect and will give you some more questions to ask us
  7. by   RGN1
    Quote from SueIP
    Hi,

    If you go with OGP you WONT get Florida...dont know about the other agency.
    If you choose not to go it alone -which you can do - there's plenty of help & good advice on here for those that do. There are Direct hire hospitals in St Petes, Miami & Orlando & plenty in CA too.

    If you want to use an agency then I know Adevia will get you Florida should you want to go there. OGP will send you wherever they want to, according to the posts about them I've read on here. Also there's a problem with OGP wanting to change the "ante" on their contracts right now - check out the thread on the UK forum, so I would steer clear of them for the moment.

    Another word of warning too; I was with another agency before called IHGi, who said they had FL placements but they didn't, so be very careful to check things out before you sign anything!

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