Florida lawmakers move bill that would ease path to nursing

  1. The Florida Legislature appears ready to add recruitment money and remove some roadblocks to help recruit nurses to Florida hospitals. The Nursing Shortage Solution Act has passed the House unanimously and is expected to soon be passed by the Senate and signed by Gov. Jeb Bush.

    St. Petersburg Times, March 21, 2002
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  3. by   Brownms46
    Wow...I just posted a topic on this same thing...here is the link...and I will delete the other one


  4. by   betts
    As you may recall, I applied back in Nov '01 for my Florida License and thats where I graduated with my first degree; ASN. I finally received my license in Feb '02.
    Even after clearing all criminal checks (and I've 3 other State licenses) many hospitals still required a background check; why?
    I was just in Florida for my grandmothers memorial service and went on two interviews in 5 days and all recruiters knew I'd be there. I've been offered both jobs I interviewed for(DON) and yet one place wants me to go too Tennessee for an interview with corporate. The interviewer for the facility is the regional manager; huh, what?, comes too mind.
    I saw NO commericals about nursing while I was there nor anything major in the local paper. It seems too me that if they are in such 'Dire Straits', they'd had more media attention or aggressive recruitment practices.
    By the way, my mother lives there still, in Orlando and showed me where Florida Hospital and ORMC were offering up too $10,000 sign on bonuses several months ago but, decided to withdraw as many nurses were hopping back and forth.
    I'll keep all informed as to place of employment.

    Interestingly enought, today I received an offer too interview with Citicorp here in VA.

    Another important issue not addressed in the article is the cost of Entertainment in Florida. If you've children under the age of 3, they pay for an adult ticket, and we're talking from $39.00 >$59.00, plus parking of $4 to $7.00 at Universal Studios. It was in the Florida Magazine that for a family of four too attend Disney, eat 1 meal and ride all they could in one day would run roughly $350.00. True, Florida has no State tax but, they have what's called an Entertainment Tax.
    I love Florida and can't wait to relocate but, if working in the hospitals as a starter only pays $30,000 yearly...
    My husband was born there in Orlando and lived there 40 years before I relocated us and he mentions that another thing is that their are only two major electric companies in the State; one is privately owned and includes a 'Customer charge' in their bills each month along with fuel adjustment, comsumption,etc. the other is a Monopoly and charges some of the highest per kilowatt hour charges in the country. This is only FYI, and not saying it's the worst place too live but, check the latest census yourself.
    Last edit by betts on Mar 25, '02
  5. by   Mijourney
    Hi betts. I believe your post points to a situation that needs to be addressed if it hasn't already. I feel that pay and benefits need to be equitable from location to location when the job you're leaving is similar to the one you're hired into. I think that a good case can be made for this when your state has an agreement for immediate reciprocity with the one you're relocating to. Or, a good case can be made when you have a certain level of expertise and experience from one job going into another fairly similar one.

    I think if I had several offers on the table and my background check came out clean, I would do more negotiating with the recruiter regarding pay and benefits. Best wishes.