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    New grad pay rate in Orlando

    I'm an RN with 5 years of experience. FL offers that I have received: 31$, 32$ and 34$...
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    Pay in Tampa/St Pete/Clearwater?

    Unfortunately there are tons of people who drive around with no license, no registration, or both. This makes the cost of car insurance very expensive for those who choose to get it. I pay 3x what I used to pay up north :-s
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    Pay in Tampa/St Pete/Clearwater?

    Pay in the area isn’t the greatest. I have 5 years of experience and was offered 32.32. Night differential was 5$. 1$ for working the weekend. 1% bonus annually for extra skills (precepting, holding a critical care certification, providing advanced therapies). Baycare mobile pool pays 45-50$ an hour but you have to be willing to move around every 3 months. I don’t know how much you can depend on always getting a next contract. One thing to keep in mind is that the area is expanding very fast. The cost of rents has skyrocketed over the last few years and car insurance is quite expensive. Some areas are downright scare to be living in. In my experience, the salaries don’t add up to how much it now costs to live here, and because of that, I didn’t end up staying.
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    Nursing in Montreal!

    I worked as a nurse in Montreal for 4 years prior to moving to the US. I know of one person who lives on the south shore of Montreal and commutes to Plattsburgh for work. It's not ideal but it is possible. I would never recommend living on the island, of even worst on the north shore and commuting to Plattsburgh however. I guess it depends on your tolerance and motivation, but it is feasible. However, in order for you to ''live'' in Canada, you would need some sort of status. You cannot establish residency in Canada without a legal status. Are you married to your partner?
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    Recently passed nclex and relocating to FL

    Hi, I am a Canadian RN currently working and living in Florida. Unfortunately, without prior experience as an RN, your chances of securing a job offer in Florida are very minimal. Additionally, to make yourself truly marketable, you would need to have experience in nursing specialties that are more difficult to staff or that require longer (and more expensive) training. The visa you should be looking into is the TN Visa. Note that it is only available for Canadian citizens (permenant residents do not qualify). Private message me if you have any questions.
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    TN Visa for Nurse Manager

    Yes, you only need to fulfill minimal requirements for the TN Visa, which in our case is being an RN. For instance, my spouse who is a Nurse Practitioner, is currently on a TN visa.
  7. Say you have a choice between two hospitals to go work for: a) First choice; A magnet designated facility (i.e. Sarasota Memorial Hospital) b) Second choice; a HCA facility with a nurses' union (i.e. Fawcett Memorial Hospital) What would be your pick? Which, out of the two, do you think would provide you with the best working conditions? Thanks -C
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    Treasure Coast Martin Health $

    Question: I just got a job offer at Martin Health (Stuart, FL). I was offered 26.25$ for 3-4 years of experience as an RN + BSN. What do you think? Is this my "fair market value"? I think it's really LOW. The differentials aren't bad, but I nearly fell of my chair when I saw the base rate. Thanks for your help, as usual.
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    Thank you very much!
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    Hi everyone, I've been recently offered a position with HonorHealth (Scottsdale campus) for FT Nights in the ICU. It's a 2-year contract with sign-on bonus and relocation assistance. I've only been to Phoenix once, so I'd like to know more about this system. I come from a unionized establishment. I would like to know how satisfied you are from working with HH. Any feedback is welcome, whether it be positive/negative. Additionally, as I am a young gay male nurse, I would like to know if this could pose a problem at this location. By that, I mean are people in the area generally okay/tolerant of LGBT people. Thank you very much, and feel free to PM if you don't want to speak publicly.
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    Florida Hospital Orlando

    Hi everyone, Sorry this is a second post. I would like to know if anyone here would be willing to share their experiences working for the Florida Hospital in Orlando (main campus). I am offered a 2-year contract for their ICU. I am hesitating due to the penalty if it doesn't work out. I currently work in a unionized setting. My salary is highish, but so are my taxes. I am NOT a religious person. In fact, my lifestyle is not really in accordance with religion, if you know what I mean. However, I currently work in a religious establishment and am very respectful of other cultures/religions. I am looking for any feedback concerning this employer, positive or negative. Feel free to PM, or share publicly if you are comfortable with that. Thank you
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    Job seeking in FL

    That was SO FUNNY to read! Thank you so much for answering. However, it just makes me feel even more hopeless.
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    South Florida Job Prospects ?

    Hey there, I attended a job faire in Toronto 2 weeks ago which had recruiters from all over the US. The job market in South Florida, or most of Florida for that matter, is NOT good. There were only a handful of employers for Florida. Most of them were for the Orlando area. And as many people say, the pay is NOT good, and the working conditions are supposedly terrible. I am speaking with one of the recruiters from Orlando at this moment, I can let you know what's being offered in PM. Good luck with your search
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    Job seeking in FL

    Thank you!
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    TAP program by Florida Health, Orlando

    Hi Andy78, We are in similar situations. I would like to have more information regarding your experience with Florida Health. Is there any way we could talk?
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    Florida Hospital - TAP program

    Hi! I am wondering if anyone here has been hired through the Transcultural Assimilation Program at the Florida Hospital in Orlando? It is an 8-week orientation program meant for nurses who have been educated outside of the US. It comes with a 2-year work agreement. If so, how would you rate your experience with this program and FH? I will be interviewed in the next month for this opportunity. Additionally, I would like to know if it would pose a problem for a young gay male to work for FH. My understanding is that they are owned and operated by a religious group (Seventh Day Adventist). Are LGBT minorities welcomed in these institutions? Thank you very much for any info offered,

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