Have you checked the NC BON website? All the information and forms you need to apply for licensure should be there.
Be aware that NC does not have anything resembling a nursing shortage -- we did not have a shortage before
the economy tanked, the same factors that have driven nurses back into the workforce everywhere else have also happened here, and we have lots of nursing schools cranking out waves of new grads every year. Plus, people keep moving here from other states.
So, don't expect it to be easy to find a job. I encourage you to start looking and have a job lined up before you actually move here.
"Good" places to live depend on what you like. We have urban areas, beaches, rural areas, mountains, pretty much some of everything (except desert!)