There are two ways to work in Florida in the winter. Travel contracts
where you are placed by the travel company, seasonal agreements
where you are working directly for the hospital. I have done both. Prepare to work very hard. "Season" in Florida is extremely busy with snowbirds from North and the hospitals try to gear up but often you have a very heavy patient assignment and the nurse
atient ratio may be more then what you are used to. Working directly for the hospitals - the pay is usually quite good, some will supply housing for you (which you WILL be taxed on) and others will give you a stipend from $250 -$1100 per month to find your own housing. Housing in southwest FL in season is expensive and hard to find..especially if you are traveling with a pet. You could end up with a long commute or staying in a hotel/extended stay.
You also may find your hours cut towards the end of your seasonal "agreement" as the census starts to drop with no makeup of the hours/time. The hospiital can also alter your "agreement" (note it is an agreement, NOT a contract as it would be if you were placed by a travel company), change your hours, end your assignment early because their needs have changed.
Travel companies you have a contract which specifies your time period, hours, salary, shifts and the TC will arrange your housing or give you a stipend..sometimes they cannot provide housing for you either. Pay may or may not be comparable to a seasonal agreement but you won't get shorted on hours or shifts changed easily.
Staff in Fla are used to travelers and seasonal nurses... they know how they need them. Usually they are pretty friendly, there are always a few with "Attitudes" but you will always be meeting new people because there are so many nurses traveling to Florida in the winter months. The majority of needs are January - March/April. You will be the outsider and bottom of the food chain for scheduling, shifts, etc I won't mention hospital systems (I have worked for two and have heard grief re: others) but do your research and know the nurse managers will sometimes stretch the truth a bit to get their units staffed.