traveling to florida - page 2

Has anyone out there worked as a travel nurse in Florida? My husband and I would really like to go there, but have not heard good things about staffing and the general treatment of nurses by... Read More

  1. by   JustBeachyRN
    hello everyone....
    I am a recent grad and i will have my 1 years experience in tele/cardiac stepdown unit in jan and i am very anxious to travel about in south florida pref the ft lauderdale area. I am single, 26, and love to live my life and get all the exp while i can! I take my job very serious, but when i am not working i like to go out and about meet new people. do yall have any suggestions of which hospital to work at and where to live and/or which agency to start with? also has anyone done nursing in the bahamas? i am also very interested in that as well. thanks for your advice...............
  2. by   HJBeans
    I have worked (In ICU) at Broward General in Fort Lauderdale (good nurse to pt ratio in ICU but horrible on the Floors), Cleveland Clinic in Weston (nice for the most part) and Florida Medical Center in Ft Lauderdale (not good)


    I have been working in Florida for over 10 years, I will list the hospital I consider good/bad and "OK"

    Good
    Cleveland Clinic, Weston
    Imperial Point, Ft Lauderdale
    Holy Cross, Ft Lauderdale
    Lakeland regional, Lakeland

    OK
    Broward General, Ft Lauderdale
    Winter Haven Hospital, winter haven

    Bad
    Florida Medical Center, Ft lauderdale
    Lawnwood regional, Fort Pierce
  3. by   DeigoT
    Quote from HJBeans
    I have worked (In ICU) at Broward General in Fort Lauderdale (good nurse to pt ratio in ICU but horrible on the Floors), Cleveland Clinic in Weston (nice for the most part) and Florida Medical Center in Ft Lauderdale (not good)


    I have been working in Florida for over 10 years, I will list the hospital I consider good/bad and "OK"

    Good
    Cleveland Clinic, Weston
    Imperial Point, Ft Lauderdale
    Holy Cross, Ft Lauderdale
    Lakeland regional, Lakeland

    OK
    Broward General, Ft Lauderdale
    Winter Haven Hospital, winter haven

    Bad
    Florida Medical Center, Ft lauderdale
    Lawnwood regional, Fort Pierce

    You mentioned the nurse to patient ratio on the floor is "horrible." Do you happen to know the specifics for medsurg?
  4. by   HJBeans
    On the IRCU (which is where the long term vent patients are) it is 4:1 Which means you can have two vents plus 2 other patinets.

    The other floors (5 south tower, 6 south tower) that are med surg it's more like 8:1. I was floated to tele one and had 9 patients. There were two PCA's for the entire floor (about 48 patients) One patient had just come from the cath lab and was having problems. Three patients were total care. One patinet was going through DT's (BG is the big county hospital, so you get a lot of DT's, drug overdoses etc..)

    At Cleveland Clinic when I floated to tele I would get 8 patients, but I had a PCA.

    At Winter Haven Hospital it's 12 patients for one RN and one LPN.

    Lakeland regional med/surg is 4:1 with once PCA for 16 patients.

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