I live in central FL and the base pay for my job was $13/hr () so, yes that does sound realistic. I was able to bump my salary up to $16.55 because I had 7 years nursing experience. As any school nurse will tell you, it's sure not about the money....you have to take other things into consideration - health insurance, vacation time, etc.
In VA I started out at 12.15/hr with 7 yrs experience. RN's are in the same pay band as custodians/bus drivers/cafeteria staff. It's a hard pill to swallow. I loved it, but sadly have decided to leave b/c I just can't get over the pay. After day care, gas (a 40 min drive one way) and double my grocery bill for packing 4 lunches a day... I am paying to work there. It's a shame that nurses are not compensated for what we do!!