Hi...I don't know if you are an RN or LPN, but either way since you are a new grad the pay scale will not be too impressive in this neck of the woods. I hate to be the bearer of bad news...but if I were going to make a big mistake I would want someone to warn me.
I have lived in Miami for 18 yrs, and I can tell you that most people are trying to get to where you're leaving. The cost of living down here is ridiculous. In fact, my husband and I are planning to move back to Georgia. We moved here many years ago when we were very young, this was a different place back then. And some might say Miami is a great place to live if you are hispanic and you earn 6 figures. This part of Florida is mostly hispanic...so, most of your patients will be...hispanic. So, if you speak spanish that will be a plus...many jobs here are for bilingual people...I don't speak spanish.
Any ways... we are currently renting a 2bd 2bth apartment at $1200 a month we need more space because our kids are older and need separate rooms. The cheapest rental I've found ( a 3/2 1/2 Townhome at Vizcaya in Miramar, FL in Broward county) was $1500...of course the neighborhood is nice, but who wants to live in a bad neighborhood? The AVERAGE nice home 3/2 costs $450,000 in a nice neighborhood.
I'm an LPN and I work in corrections. In Miami the top payers are Agency, Corrections, and the ever popular Nursing Homes. As far as I know Agencies and Corrections are starting at $20 for LPNs with at least 1 year of experience. The lowest pay rate that I've heard was for a nursing home the rate...$16 an hour. Most hospitals down here don't hire LPNs and if they do the pay is very low the average rate is $15 an hr or lower.
The pay scale here is way lower considering the current cost of living in Miami...I am constantly hearing about people relocating to North Florida and Georgia. In the past 4 months we lost 3 nurses because all of them moved either to North Florida or Georgia.
Please, do your homework before making a move to South Florida especially Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. Check out sites like rent.com and you will see first hand what I'm trying to tell you about rental rates in this area.