I sympathize....I work North of Orlando so I know what's it's like. Started at home health for a hospital for $14/hr , switched to hospice, started at $16/hr, left 4 years later at $19/hr, worked home health again at $25./visit plus mileage, phone, etc., left to work at school, $16.??/hr. They were going to start me much lower, but I was stepped on the pay scale due to the years of experience I had. Here's the kicker...I went to school up North, started a job at rehab hospital for $21/hr just out of school.....10 years ago............
Right now, $17.70/hr, good benefits, summers off (unpaid).
I consider myself very lucky, especially here in Florida, and especially in this economy. Can you work per diem at an agency on a weekend day for additional $$$? One thing that does help is how many years of experience you have.