Anyone in the Crestview/Pensacola, FL area?

  1. Im moving up to Crestview from south Florida later this year. I finish my nursing program in April and would like to see if I could get any insight into the hospitals in the area and if possible, what the starting salary is like up there.
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  3. by   _zoubisoubisou_
    I was not able to find a job up there as a new grad. I searched for 4 months and eventually relocated. Hopefully you will have better luck!
    Last edit by _zoubisoubisou_ on Jan 26, '16
  4. by   pecas
    Pensacola and the tri-cities area (Crestview, Destin, Fort Walton Beach) are the lowest paid areas in the state of Florida. It is not uncommon for new grad RNs to make less than $20/hr. Because it is a tourist area, the cost of living is pretty high while the rate of pay remains poor. The market is over saturated as there are several nursing schools in the area. Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville is usually pretty new grad friendly. I haven't heard much lately about North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview, so I can't be of any help there, and hiring at Sacred Heart in Pensacola is pretty competitive. I'm considering moving back to Atlanta after my LPN to RN bridge program because the job market here is so bad.
  5. by   _zoubisoubisou_
    sacred heart starts at $24 and Baptist $23 for new grads with BSN. That was as of 3 months ago when I was interviewing.
  6. by   danny0114
    Iv'e been busy with school and work that i haven't really researched what the average hourly rate is yet...
  7. by   danny0114
    So I take it you recently graduated in that area. Whats the are like?
  8. by   JenRN88
    I live in destin. Ive worked at several hospitals in the area with exception to north okaloosa medical ctr and twin cities hospital (Just put in an application for a per diem agency position at twin cities though 😝 ) Im not sure how it is for new grads as I've been in nursing for 7 years now, but when i worked at sacred heart in destin with 5 years experience (including charge nurse experience) + acls, bls, and chemo certification, i made $20.50/hr base pay IN THE FLOAT POOL! I worked nights, so i had a shift dif of $5/hr, but that's still entirely too low for float pool and definitely too low for this area. It's expensive to live here. I only stayed at that job for 6 months because i just couldn't afford it any longer. I heard that they raised the base pay by $5/hr for float pool, but idk. I still wouldn't go back. I now work per diem through an agency and commute to gulf coast medical center in panama city 2 shifts a week. Hour and a half drive, but my pay is literally twice what my base was in destin.
  9. by   _zoubisoubisou_
    Quote from JenRN88
    I live in destin. Ive worked at several hospitals in the area with exception to north okaloosa medical ctr and twin cities hospital (Just put in an application for a per diem agency position at twin cities though ) Im not sure how it is for new grads as I've been in nursing for 7 years now, but when i worked at sacred heart in destin with 5 years experience (including charge nurse experience) + acls, bls, and chemo certification, i made $20.50/hr base pay IN THE FLOAT POOL! I worked nights, so i had a shift dif of $5/hr, but that's still entirely too low for float pool and definitely too low for this area. It's expensive to live here. I only stayed at that job for 6 months because i just couldn't afford it any longer. I heard that they raised the base pay by $5/hr for float pool, but idk. I still wouldn't go back. I now work per diem through an agency and commute to gulf coast medical center in panama city 2 shifts a week. Hour and a half drive, but my pay is literally twice what my base was in destin.
    Are you still around?
  10. by   JenERN88
    Yes! Still in Destin, working in Panama City per diem with the agency. Working 2 shifts a month because im in grad school for FNP.
  11. by   _zoubisoubisou_
    Quote from JenERN88
    Yes! Still in Destin, working in Panama City per diem with the agency. Working 2 shifts a month because im in grad school for FNP.
    ok I'm going to message u!
  12. by   _zoubisoubisou_
    Quote from JenERN88
    Yes! Still in Destin, working in Panama City per diem with the agency. Working 2 shifts a month because im in grad school for FNP.
    Jen, could you please message me the agency info? I'm looking for work there! Thank you

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