I am an LPN currently working in Northern New Jersey for Bayada Nurses. I am looking to move to and transfer permanently to South Florida. Does anyone know the availability of work down in that part of the state and the average pay rates? Its a huge decision to make that move and I would like to get an idea of what I am getting myself into. I have 2+ years experience both in private pediatric home care as well as adult subacute care. Any infomation anyone can give would be greatly appreciated!!
Jan 4, '12
Welcome to allnurses!
There are a bunch of existing threads here about nursing employment (and life in general) in FL -- have you looked at those? That would be one place to start. If you are coming from a Northern state, it's pretty much a given that you will be shocked by how poor the pay and benefits are for comparable work in FL, and the cost of living is still pretty high. I grew up in FL, left the first chance I got, and would never consider living there again. But, obviously, lots of people like it.
I suggest you browse through the FL forum (under the 'US" tab at the top of the screen) here and check out some of the threads.
Jan 9, '12
I agree with elkpark. Florida has such low wages. I knew that the jobs would pay me less when I moved to Florida. However, I just didn't realize just how low.