6 Facts Every PR Nurse Should Know Before Moving To Florida
If you’re thinking of working as a nurse in Florida, here are the most important things that you should know before you move.
1. It is called the Sunshine state because of its tropical weather. If you are not comfortable being too cold and bundled up with extra sweaters while sipping a hot beverage, Florida could be your best choice.
Even during cloudy and rainy days, the temperature is still warm and nice! People are laid back, and radiate a happy, relaxed and stress-free vibe. If you’re lucky, you can even walk around barefoot and drive a gold cart to your destination.
2. It is one of the biggest states in the US. With an area of approximately 65,578 square miles, Florida is about 18 times larger than the main island of Puerto Rico which measures 3.515 square miles. It is ranked as the 22nd largest state in the country.
There are perks of living in a big state like Florida because of unlimited opportunities, and resources to enjoy.
It has 67 counties with diverse cultural heritage, a wide array of entertainment options to match your interests, and unlimited potential for social interactions. It has medical centers and health facilities that provide the highest caliber of medical care, and topnotch universities and colleges.
3. It has a booming population. In 2016, its growth rate was at 1.8 percent. As of January 2019, Florida’s population is around 21.64 million and it is expected to exceed 22 million by 2020.
As the population increase, the demand for all health care services, including nursing care also increase.
The increase in population requires more staffing requirements for nursing services in health facilities.
4. Florida is one of the most favorite travel destinations in the country. In 2011, it had 87.3 million visitors from around the world. Aside from its world-class beaches, Florida is home to Disney, Universal Studios, and Holy Land Experience theme park! There are plenty of nature trails, lakes, rivers and beaches to explore! There are interesting nature parks with exotic wildlife too. You can go yachting, and sailing or go on a cruise and go home on the same day. If you love playing golf, there are 1,250 golf courses you could choose from.
With amazing tourist destinations across the state, you will never run out of recreational activities in Florida.
5. It has a large Spanish-speaking population. In fact, by 21.27% of the population speak Spanish.
Language is a huge barrier in social integration. The ability to have an everyday conversation is also necessary to succeed in your profession.
Since aside from Spanish, most Puerto Ricans also speak in English, you wouldn’t find it hard to look for work, get things done and make new friends. Children of Puerto Rican migrants also don’t have to worry about not being able to speak English fluently because there are many Spanish-speaking schools in Florida.
6. It is one of the top destinations for migrants from Puerto Rico. Due to its proximity to the island, a large numbers of residents left Puerto Rico and moved to Florida as its primary determination, after the Hurricane Maria. The storm downed power supply, telecommunications, ripped homes and schools, and limited the residents’ access to clean water. Gov. Rick Scott claimed that there are around 300,000 PRs that moved to Florida after the hurricane. So, you can expect to meet may Puerto Ricans in communities, schools, and public services on a daily basis.
Hopefully, this list has given you a glimpse of what you can expect when you move to Florida. Unlike other states, it’s pretty clear that there will be no dramatic cultural and lifestyle changes involved when you decide to stay here for good.