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Old 04-23-2011, 01:45 PM
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Hey all- It looks like I might be headed to Key West in about a year and my fiance will be down there in about a year and half after she finishes her BSN in Boston. What options are there in the Keys for nurses? How are the job prospects? Would it help if she worked in Boston for a year before heading down? Any help would be appreciated!!
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:48 AM
Location: Miami, FL
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Nursing opportunities are always around especially if you have experience in a specific nursing specialty, such as case management. My sister became a nurse last year and had a hard time getting a job because in her area (Philly 'burbs) they didn't have a lot of openings. I have heard from nurses that many long-timers have begun working longer hours to make up for a layed-off spouse. My suggestion would be to do your research, find the hospitals in Southern FL and check their career links on their websites.

There are only a few hospitals in the Keys
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:06 AM
Location: OCNJ and or lower Florida keys
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I read the help wanted ads in the citizen and keynoter (local newspapers) all the time and it seems like the two main hospitals in the keys are always advertising for RN's. I would think a registered nurse would likely find a job without much of a problem. As for the salary, I wouldn't know if you would make the same money as in an urban populated area but paradise does have its associated costs!
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:27 PM
Location: New York
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I know this topic is old but I would love to hear from nurses that are working or have worked in the keys. My main concern is cost of housing, and do the nursing salaries allow a single nurse to live on key west?
I understand that rent is high there, but is it literally impossible to afford an apartment and pay for utilities/car?

I have searched this forum and google and cannot find anything that even estimates the salary in they keys or where nurses who live in the keys rent apartments.

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Old 04-07-2012, 03:59 AM
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Depending on years of experience and education...an RN with 6 yrs experience would earn 25-27hr. Prn closer to 30$hr...in a hospital.
Cost of living here is a bit high, but depending on how far you are willing to drive there are plenty of reasonable rentals. Try Craigslist. Wouldn't look any further north than big pine key (mm30) if u plan to work in key west.
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:36 AM
Location: New York
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Thank you for your input!

I have 9 years of experience this coming July (in ER) but I am looking to start fresh in an ICU setting. I am planning on applying to CRNA school in the future so I need the ICU experience. If nobody will hire me in the ICU then I'm willing to take an ER job for the first year and then either transfer or apply elsewhere.

I would love to live in Key West but if that is not realistic then I would have to travel. Can you recommend somewhere else besides Key West for me, I'm 32, female, single with a small dog. Looking to live somewhere that is safe, has other people around to socialize with and less expensive than Key West?
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