I work at the Lake Placid location. I was hired as a new grad in April, for the emergency department! Heartland Division does hire new grads. They use the same orientation books and schedule for new grads as the Orlando locations. They just do not have the classroom part. It's all clinical. They do not have postings that specify for new grads. Another new grad was hired into my department in September. There's a couple new grads on Med/Surg. I don't think there's any in the ICU. You just apply to a regular opening that does not specify a specific number of years of experience. I love working there! The orientation was fantastic, four months. Everyone has been super nice and helpful. Always willing to answer questions and help. None of that "nurses eating their young" that is so prevalent. They pay for you to get your certifications. I now have ACLS, PALS, CPI, NRP. Taking TNCC and ENPC in the spring. The Sebring hospital is much larger than the Lake Placid hospital, and I haven't worked any shifts there, so I don't know if the climate is the same or not.
I too had applied for Orlando and Tampa as well. Had an interview for one in Tampa, but this was the only offer I got. So far, it's been a great experience though, and I'm not sorry I took it.