Hello, I am considering moving down to Florida. I grew up there and some of my family still lives there so I had hopes of moving down to be closer to them but there is a few things that are holding me back and so I hope some of you that are LPNs can give me a broader veiw of some questions I have. I have been looking on criagslist in the jobs section and see many ads in which are titled "LPN or CNA". One of the questions I have are how are LPNs veiwed down in Florida. Are we in the same cateorgory as a CNA? That just makes no sense to me. While I respect CNAs and was one prior to going to school, I do feel that I went to nursing school to be just that, A NURSE!What is the scope of practice, in plain English- what are the restrictions? Where I am from LPNs can do just about everythign an RN can do- with the expection of hang blood and pushing IV meds. We have to get IV certified. They do hire LPNs in hospitals in the major city which is about 15 minutes away, but in my city, its LTC and Dr.s offices and also Home care. Is that the same down in Florida. I am looking to move to Ft. Lauderdale. And the next set of questions is the pay. In those same ads I see the wage as $11-$17(MAX!!!). I know the cost of living is totally different so it leaves me wondering, are you able to live comfortably on that? I am a single mom and can support myself just fine and I dont want to move down and not be able to live at the same level I am now. I am a new grad and make in the mid 20's an hour. I just dont understand the salary being half of what I make now and being able to live on that...but like I said I know there is a difference in the cost of living- so hopefully you all will be able to help me out. And my last question is, how is the job market down there? It was difficult for me to find a job, and I finally did find one, but I dont want to move down and be unemployed for months on end. I am open to any field of nursing as I can find joy in anything I do, but it does need to be full tim and offer benefits. If anyone could help me and let me know their experiences, I would greatly appreciate it!