Hey all! First I wanted to say I love this message board! There are so many people who post good advise, and I have really learned a lot! I am currently an LPN perusing my RN. I am not currently working as an LPN while I am in school but the pay really sucks here in SE FLA! When I did have a job, the pay was only $16/ hour! Out in CA I was making $25/HR at my first ever LPN job. Now I hear that things are much worse. There are so many of these fly-by-night LPN schools that have popped up saturating the market, so much supply and not enough demand. So companies know they can pay even less. I heard the average LPN (new hire) in SE FLA makes like $12-13 an hour! RN pay is not so great here either from what I understand. I would probably make less than what I did as an LPN in California. I really do not think that nursing pay at least here is not what is used to be, and nursing jobs are no longer that easy to find. I am considering (strongly) moving back up north where I grew up where as I understand the job market is better, both opportunity and pay wise. I am going to post in a lot more detail about that plan in a different section. Anyway my current professor said in order to find a job when we graduate as an RN, we really need to look to Vero Beach and North.