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Becoming a Nurse in Florida

Nursing in Florida

Deciding to go into the nursing field is a great decision for anyone, but especially those living in Florida. The rising retirement population creates a need for increasing members of the health career field.

Nursing gives those in the career many opportunities such as traveling and meeting new people. In Florida, to become a registered nurse, the first step is to enroll in a program that is accredited by the Florida Board of Nursing. Once you have found the school that best fits your needs, you can decide whether or not you want to get your Associate of Science in Nursing or your Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

HCI Nursing Courses

Courses you may see in a nursing program may include:

  • General Psychology                                                              
  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II                                        
  • Introduction to Nursing
  • Nutrition                                                                                      
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Microbiology                                                                            
  • Pharmacology

After passing your courses and completing the nursing program of your choice, in Florida, you must apply to the Florida Board.  Once your application has been reviewed, you should receive instructions regarding registration for the NCLEX exam.  The NCLEX examination is a required exam in order to work as a registered nurse in your state.  The NCLEX is an exam that measures the skills of nurses, and the questions presented are usually chosen depending on the responses of previous test takers.

Nursing Salaries

According to salary.com, here are the possibilities of salaries for registered nurses throughout the state of Florida:

The average salary for a registered nurse in Orlando, Florida and Miami, Florida is $66,900.

The average salary for a registered nurse in Jacksonville, Florida is $70,000.

The average salary for a registered nurse in Gainesville, Florida is $63,800.


Salary will differ depending on several factors such as company size, geographic location, education, and experience.


Florida is one of many great places to be a nurse, because Florida is known to be a state where many from the older generation go to retire because of its warm weather.  There are many opportunities for work due to this growing population of retirees.  And in nursing, there is always a demand for good, hardworking nurses.

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