relocating to florida

  1. Hi Everyone,I just love all the info on this site and am hoping that someone can give me any info on the hospitals in the south west area of Florida.We are relocating this summer to the Port Charlotte,Fort Myers area.I have been in psych for 15 years.I would love to switch to maternity but I know it is hard to get into.I always hear that you need 1-2 years experience first .i would like any info on nursing in Florida,pay rates etc.I have applied for my license(any day now)I know the pay is a lot less but no more snow and ice will be a welcome change.Thanks
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    About brannach

    Joined: Oct '04; Posts: 21
    Currently in psych.
    Specialty: Pediatrics,Psych

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  3. by   cnabelle
    Quote from brannach
    Hi Everyone,I just love all the info on this site and am hoping that someone can give me any info on the hospitals in the south west area of Florida.We are relocating this summer to the Port Charlotte,Fort Myers area.I have been in psych for 15 years.I would love to switch to maternity but I know it is hard to get into.I always hear that you need 1-2 years experience first .i would like any info on nursing in Florida,pay rates etc.I have applied for my license(any day now)I know the pay is a lot less but no more snow and ice will be a welcome change.Thanks
    I'm sorry to burst your bubble honey but, my husband and I are trying to get out of Florida. Belive you do not want to really come here do you? There is too much hispanics, too much mexicans that surely know how to screw your day up so that you can"t relax in your own back yard. Its always that deep annoying base boom,boom,boom urban rap unless u r n2 that kind of thing yourself. We hate it and wanna get out!!!!!!!
    Last edit by cnabelle on Apr 20, '05 : Reason: mistakes
  4. by   suehp
    Quote from cnabelle
    I'm sorry to burst your bubble honey but, my husband and I are trying to get out of Florida. Belive you do not want to really come here do you? There is too much hispanics, too much mexicans that surely know how to screw your day up so that you can"t relax in your own back yard. Its always that deep annoying base boom,boom,boom urban rap unless u r n2 that kind of thing yourself. We hate it and wanna get out!!!!!!!
    Not everywhere is like that.
  5. by   rjflyn
    Yes Florida has a very diverse population. Just finishing a travel assignment in North Florida. During orientation was told that the population of the state is one of the most diverse in the country. Also advised if one has a problem with that to leave now.

    As far as the hospitals in that area I cant give you much information. Farther North however in the Orlando area there are literally a hundered options within about 50 miles.

    Also strart working on getting your license now or at least 2 to 3 month ahead of time. Florida at times is slow at process of endorsement. And it being the time of year that there are lots of new grads testing it could slow things down. Minimum it takes a month.


    rj
  6. by   brannach
    Hi There,thanks for the thread.Sorry that Florida is not working out for you,there are cultural likes and dislikes in every part of the country.We have Boom Boom in New York too only difference is that it may be louder!!New York is a great spot if you are young and dont mind the noise and pollution,crime etc.However it is a hard choice for young families and getting pretty expensive to live here.I just have to weigh the positives with the negatives .Right now a little loud music is the least of my worries.Have you checked out other areas of Florida?Everyone deserves peace and quiet
    Quote from cnabelle
    I'm sorry to burst your bubble honey but, my husband and I are trying to get out of Florida. Belive you do not want to really come here do you? There is too much hispanics, too much mexicans that surely know how to screw your day up so that you can"t relax in your own back yard. Its always that deep annoying base boom,boom,boom urban rap unless u r n2 that kind of thing yourself. We hate it and wanna get out!!!!!!!
  7. by   brannach
    Thanks for the info,i will keep looking.
    Quote from rjflyn
    Yes Florida has a very diverse population. Just finishing a travel assignment in North Florida. During orientation was told that the population of the state is one of the most diverse in the country. Also advised if one has a problem with that to leave now.

    As far as the hospitals in that area I cant give you much information. Farther North however in the Orlando area there are literally a hundered options within about 50 miles.

    Also strart working on getting your license now or at least 2 to 3 month ahead of time. Florida at times is slow at process of endorsement. And it being the time of year that there are lots of new grads testing it could slow things down. Minimum it takes a month.


    rj
  8. by   Hairstylingnurse
    Quote from brannach
    Hi Everyone,I just love all the info on this site and am hoping that someone can give me any info on the hospitals in the south west area of Florida.We are relocating this summer to the Port Charlotte,Fort Myers area.I have been in psych for 15 years.I would love to switch to maternity but I know it is hard to get into.I always hear that you need 1-2 years experience first .i would like any info on nursing in Florida,pay rates etc.I have applied for my license(any day now)I know the pay is a lot less but no more snow and ice will be a welcome change.Thanks
    Hi and welcome to the neighborhood. Your gonna love it here in Florida. The traffic is an absolute bear most of the year. Your going to be getting here in off season so that will help you get used to it before the snowbirds come back in the fall. Although with all the people moving here. it seems there will be no more off season in the next few years. There are always job openings in the ft. myers and cape coral area. There are a ton of different cultures here which I think is cool until I have to deal with them not speaking English. That is not fun and my only bad experiences have been a few cna's at the ltcf. Thier english barriers seem to come into play when they haven't done bedbaths , vitals or things of that nature . Language barriers are a way of life here. You can be in the grocerystore and ask 3 different people where canned fruits are and only get "sorry no english", then it's like how did you get a job if you don't understand english? But I absolutely love it here otherwise. Best of luck to ya.
  9. by   rjflyn
    A little side note just heard on the new this morning that in the next 25 years there are going to be 11 million more people in FL than there is now.


    rj
  10. by   Hairstylingnurse
    Quote from rjflyn
    A little side note just heard on the new this morning that in the next 25 years there are going to be 11 million more people in FL than there is now.


    rj
    And I think traffic is bad now
  11. by   barefootlady
    Florida has a bad reputation for its treatment of nurses in general. I know 3 nurses who moved there, worked for 2 years, and moved a little north to get out of Florida. It was not the diverse culture they hated but the way the facilities treated them. Low pay, too many patients, so-so benefits, and the threat of being fired if you made any remarks against the current policy of a facility. One moved to NC, one to Arkansas, and one to SC. I hope if you move it will be everything you and hubby desire. Not everyone has the same experience and you may find the right place and love it. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
  12. by   BETSRN
    Quote from brannach
    Hi Everyone,I just love all the info on this site and am hoping that someone can give me any info on the hospitals in the south west area of Florida.We are relocating this summer to the Port Charlotte,Fort Myers area.I have been in psych for 15 years.I would love to switch to maternity but I know it is hard to get into.I always hear that you need 1-2 years experience first .i would like any info on nursing in Florida,pay rates etc.I have applied for my license(any day now)I know the pay is a lot less but no more snow and ice will be a welcome change.Thanks
    If you want to get into maternity, you really need to start on the post partum side of things. Psych is so different. You need to get back into taking care of surgical patients. Thankfully, most Ob's are healthy women and it is a very enjoyable field. Start there and then move on to nursery and then on to labor/delivery if you have the desire. L&D is a critical care area (just like ICU) and takes many years of training to even begin to feel comfortable (or be competent).
    Good luck. Check out Lee Memorial (I think that's the name) in Fort Myers. They have a large maternity service, if memory serves me correctly.
  13. by   brannach
    Thanks so much for the wonderful info,I will check out Lee.I dont mind working in post partum it would be a nice change from psych.Hopefully they hire in post partum,thanks again.
    Quote from BETSRN
    If you want to get into maternity, you really need to start on the post partum side of things. Psych is so different. You need to get back into taking care of surgical patients. Thankfully, most Ob's are healthy women and it is a very enjoyable field. Start there and then move on to nursery and then on to labor/delivery if you have the desire. L&D is a critical care area (just like ICU) and takes many years of training to even begin to feel comfortable (or be competent).
    Good luck. Check out Lee Memorial (I think that's the name) in Fort Myers. They have a large maternity service, if memory serves me correctly.
  14. by   brannach
    Thanks for the reply.How is travel nursing in Florida,sounds interesting.I am still checking into hospitals.I would love to switch from psych to maternity hopefully I can find a hospital that will allow that.Thanks again for the info.
    Quote from rjflyn
    Yes Florida has a very diverse population. Just finishing a travel assignment in North Florida. During orientation was told that the population of the state is one of the most diverse in the country. Also advised if one has a problem with that to leave now.

    As far as the hospitals in that area I cant give you much information. Farther North however in the Orlando area there are literally a hundered options within about 50 miles.

    Also strart working on getting your license now or at least 2 to 3 month ahead of time. Florida at times is slow at process of endorsement. And it being the time of year that there are lots of new grads testing it could slow things down. Minimum it takes a month.


    rj

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