Moving to Orlando Florida, help with jobs!

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by NurseMatt NurseMatt Member

Has 8 years experience.

I am currently employed in Oklahoma with an Agency. This Agency is based in Florida and is currently looking for something for me. I am wondering if I can get any insight on what Jobs look like for LPNs/LVNs in the area. ie. Pay, Work, Facility, Department.

Any replies are greatly appreciated and if you have a place to recommend or anything more, would be amazing.

Thank you!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 16 years experience. 226 Articles; 27,608 Posts

Nursing wages in Florida generally tend to be 15 to 20 percent lower than the rest of the country due to several factors, such as the desirability (read: living in FL means you get paid in sunshine), at-will employment laws, and overage of nurses.

NurseMatt

NurseMatt

Has 8 years experience. 47 Posts

Thank you for the answer. Do you know of anyone personally that is a Nurse in Florida currently? Next week I am really going to start looking for employment and I've heard LPNs are NOT used in the Hospitals much at all there. I would like to go back to school ASAP, but I can't live there if I don't make the money. Scared I won't be able to pay rent/bills/etc.

NurseSpeedy, ADN, LPN, RN

Has 20 years experience. 1,599 Posts

Thank you for the answer. Do you know of anyone personally that is a Nurse in Florida currently? Next week I am really going to start looking for employment and I've heard LPNs are NOT used in the Hospitals much at all there. I would like to go back to school ASAP, but I can't live there if I don't make the money. Scared I won't be able to pay rent/bills/etc.

I am in Florida. As an LPN you will not find employment in a hospital as far as I am aware of. I have not seen any hiring LPNs but I HAVE seen them either demoting them to CNA/PCTs or terminating their positions.

Pay range can vary. LTC facilities from what I've seen shy away from using agencies. The one that I worked for actually refused to ever use an agency, we would go short instead:( In an ALF you may see $18-20ish, mid twenties nursing home (these are with experience) Shift differentials may apply, depending on who you work for. Private Duty is staffed by agencies usually, but the pay is horrible, one of the largest home health agencies in the country will only pay $15/hr, and you do not get reimbursed for your gas/mileage because it is private duty shifts. Home Health visits will pay more, but it depends on which agency. You will want to make sure that they typically use LPNs for the visits, as some will hire you but won't give you much work (I saw this with a small home heath agency. They did, however, give me their private duty-lower wage-options all the time). There's also the jails. This pays better and from what I hear they also hire through agencies at times. Doctor's offices hire LPNs, but the pay get even lower there.

One thing to make sure when you take a position since you want to go back to school ASAP-get it in writing that they will work with your school schedule. I'm going back right now and have classmates that had to find and start new jobs while in the program because their employer went back on the verbal agreement that they had made.

Sorry the news couldn't be better. Hope this helps.

Miss Infermiera2b, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Oncology. Has 2 years experience. 380 Posts

I work at a hospital in North Florida, and I can tell you that we do not use LPNs here. Just PCTs and RNs.

NurseMatt

NurseMatt

Has 8 years experience. 47 Posts

Thank you every one for replies even though it's not exactly what I wanted to hear, it's educating. Absolute minimum pay I would take is around 20/hr. Having 7 years of experience I would hope more than a few places would consider this rate and more. Like I mentioned before I am used to working Float Hospital everywhere, but for 2 years while going back to school, I could work anywhere. Any suggestions that come to mind for this pay rate and a place you would work, please leave in comments. Thank you!

pookyp, LPN

1,073 Posts

I make more than $20 at both of my jobs and I'm a fairly new nurse (2 yrs). What part of Florida are you moving to? I'm in south Florida.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 16 years experience. 226 Articles; 27,608 Posts

I make more than $20 at both of my jobs and I'm a fairly new nurse (2 yrs). What part of Florida are you moving to? I'm in south Florida.
The OP who started this thread is relocating to Orlando.
NurseMatt

NurseMatt

Has 8 years experience. 47 Posts

Orlando area, Clermont, Kissemmee, Winter Lake, SW, Southern Side mainly. Thank you for any and all suggestions/comments.

Kirbiea

Kirbiea

Has 1 years experience. 88 Posts

From what I have heard most hospitals in the area are not hiring LPN's anymore. :(

Your best bet is to get into a nice LTC. Florida is a big retirement state so we have a lot of them so you should have absolutely no problem finding a job.

copelin7

copelin7

23 Posts

Try drug rehab also they usually start at 23.00 an hour

dgdon86

dgdon86

1 Post

what are some drug rehab facilities in the orlando area that are hiring?