For a brighter future, pack up your Advanced Practice career and head to the sunshine state!
For a challenging APRN or PA position and a little fun in the sun, look no further than Florida. You may be familiar with the state’s beaches and amusement parks (which offer discounts to residents), but what about Florida’s gorgeous state parks and natural springs? For sport fishing, golf, or scuba diving, there’s no better place to be. As an added bonus (literally) Florida is one of seven states with no income tax, so expect to have a little more money in your pocket.
Florida Cost of Living & Economic Outlook
According to Sperling’s Best Places cost comparison, job growth in Florida is positive, with an unemployment rate lower than the national average. The cost of living is slightly higher than the US average. The median home price in Florida is $206,200 compared to the national average of $196,500, according to Zillow.
Salaries for NPs, PAs, and CNSs are about on par with the national average. Our most recent Melnic Salary Survey shows salaries in Florida to be approximately 1-2% lower than the national average.
Practicing as an NP in Florida
Florida is a restricted practice state, so specific aspects of your NP practice will require supervision by a licensed physician. For example, an NP in Florida may not be able to interpret diagnostic tests or prescribe medications independently under current law. For more details, refer to the AANP State Practice Environment resource.
Top Florida APRN and PA Jobs
Orlando is home to Nemours Children’s Hospital, one of the most innovative pediatric facilities in the nation. The organization serves children with all kinds of needs and focuses on specialized pediatric care with an emphasis on “whole-child healing.”
Our Melnic Job Board has opportunities in Orlando for Advanced Practice leaders with a passion for helping kids. We are looking for a skilled Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, a first-assist PA in neurosurgery, and a PA in pediatric ENT surgery to support the hospital’s surgical services. There are also wonderful opportunities to coordinate the clinical and administrative functions of the PICU as a Physician Assistant or a Nurse Practitioner leader.
Even on the stressful days, you’ll be rewarded with the knowledge that you’re helping patients experience to the wonder and joy of being a child. And, isn’t that what visiting Orlando is all about?
To search our entire list of Florida jobs, please click here. New roles are being continually added, so check back often!
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