You’ve had the nursing itch for a while now and you’re ready to do something about it. Luckily, as a Florida resident you’re in a great position to start your journey. Florida’s beaches and sunny weather has made it a retirement hot-spot and the high number of older residents has contributed to the increased demand for quality medical care.
Florida’s employment statistics back this up. As of 2018, there were 178,000 registered nurses (RNs) and over 47,000 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) working in the state, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.1 Even better, RN employment in Florida is projected to increase 21 percent between 2016 and 2026.2
Those numbers paired with your interest in the field mean now could be the perfect time to start taking steps to become a nurse in Florida. So what are your next steps? Keep reading to learn more about the path ahead.