As you may recall, I applied back in Nov '01 for my Florida License and thats where I graduated with my first degree; ASN. I finally received my license in Feb '02.
Even after clearing all criminal checks (and I've 3 other State licenses) many hospitals still required a background check; why?
I was just in Florida for my grandmothers memorial service and went on two interviews in 5 days and all recruiters knew I'd be there. I've been offered both jobs I interviewed for(DON) and yet one place wants me to go too Tennessee for an interview with corporate. The interviewer for the facility is the regional manager; huh, what?, comes too mind.
I saw NO commericals about nursing while I was there nor anything major in the local paper. It seems too me that if they are in such 'Dire Straits', they'd had more media attention or aggressive recruitment practices.
By the way, my mother lives there still, in Orlando and showed me where Florida Hospital and ORMC were offering up too $10,000 sign on bonuses several months ago but, decided to withdraw as many nurses were hopping back and forth.
I'll keep all informed as to place of employment.
Interestingly enought, today I received an offer too interview with Citicorp here in VA.
Another important issue not addressed in the article is the cost of Entertainment in Florida. If you've children under the age of 3, they pay for an adult ticket, and we're talking from $39.00 >$59.00, plus parking of $4 to $7.00 at Universal Studios. It was in the Florida Magazine that for a family of four too attend Disney, eat 1 meal and ride all they could in one day would run roughly $350.00. True, Florida has no State tax but, they have what's called an Entertainment Tax.
I love Florida and can't wait to relocate but, if working in the hospitals as a starter only pays $30,000 yearly...
My husband was born there in Orlando and lived there 40 years before I relocated us and he mentions that another thing is that their are only two major electric companies in the State; one is privately owned and includes a 'Customer charge' in their bills each month along with fuel adjustment, comsumption,etc. the other is a Monopoly and charges some of the highest per kilowatt hour charges in the country. This is only FYI, and not saying it's the worst place too live but, check the latest census yourself.