where in north carolina? - page 5

HI fellow nurses, I need your help. I'm from new york and we are considering of moving either tampa or north carolina. Since i have no clue where to go, can you suggest a country or city that... Read More

  1. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from NC_RN_2B
    I have to agree with you 100%...we are new to NC and if we had listened to all the advice we got about avoiding Durham, we wouldn't have the awesome home and sense of community that we do. We live in SW Durham, about 15 minutes from Duke on one side and 15 minutes from UNC Chapel Hill on the other. We live in a 2400 sq ft house on a little over half an acre with deer, bunnies, crickets and frogs, and behind our home is a protected land area that will never be built on. Our neighborhood is safe, we know all our neighbors, and you'll find many families out walking after dinner. It's not uncommon to pass someone in their car and have them wave to you whether they know you or not. We are also not far from a major recreational lake area. Of course there are bad areas of Durham but what city doesn't have that? If you do your research properly you can figure out where to avoid. Yes, the schools do have their share of problems, but the problems I'm aware of don't even make me bat an eye because it is LOADS better than where we came from in CA. We looked at Cary and Apex and although it's a nice area, it's a little too "little suburbia" for us, not to mention the fact that the schools in Cary reassign the kids annually so you never quite know where they will end up from year to year. Who needs that?! Durham can definitely be a nice place to consider and you know what? I'm almost glad people avoid it so it won't get overgrown and lose its charm! We love it and are thankful every day we chose to be here.

    LOL! Me too! Saves us on water restrictions! I was thinking about that today when I was watching the news.

    Gotta go now....gotta go get my AK-47 out from the closet...after all, it's almost eleven pm.....(pops cartridge into weapon, locks and loads....)
  2. by   bahamabread
    I grew up in a third world country and Durham looked dirty to me!!! ( SORRY):uhoh21:
    I came here in North Carolina ( Fayetteville) to visit my then boyfriend and I fell in love............with him and the place. The trees.........the weather.....the seasons. Now....... Fayetteville is pretty boring...........just an army town.........but there is the army hospital that is always advertising for nurses. I had my baby there and it is very nice ( but they still complain about it) But Americans are spoiled somewhat..........( SORRY):uhoh21:
    The house prices I think here is very good. The cost of living is very reasonable, but then again I'm caribbean so what the hell do I know?
    But I think Florida is more expensive to live in.
    North carolinians are very friendly people. Always polite and helpful. I am impressed. I want to stay here but my husband (yes I hooked him) wants to go ..........anywhere else. Hes just tired of the army. My children love it here. But I gotta go where he goes. But I think he will regret it because we can get a good priced house in this state.
    Umm I think Charlotte was nice...but I only drove through. Raleigh looked nice to. They say Cary is one of the safest towns in the US ( dont remember where I heard that)
  3. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from bahamabread
    I grew up in a third world country and Durham looked dirty to me!!! ( SORRY):uhoh21:
    I came here in North Carolina ( Fayetteville) to visit my then boyfriend and I fell in love............with him and the place. The trees.........the weather.....the seasons. Now....... Fayetteville is pretty boring...........just an army town.........but there is the army hospital that is always advertising for nurses. I had my baby there and it is very nice ( but they still complain about it) But Americans are spoiled somewhat..........( SORRY):uhoh21:
    The house prices I think here is very good. The cost of living is very reasonable, but then again I'm caribbean so what the hell do I know?
    But I think Florida is more expensive to live in.
    North carolinians are very friendly people. Always polite and helpful. I am impressed. I want to stay here but my husband (yes I hooked him) wants to go ..........anywhere else. Hes just tired of the army. My children love it here. But I gotta go where he goes. But I think he will regret it because we can get a good priced house in this state.
    Umm I think Charlotte was nice...but I only drove through. Raleigh looked nice to. They say Cary is one of the safest towns in the US ( dont remember where I heard that)

    I've lived in the Third World as well and cannot imagine how Durham would compare. New one for me.

    Obviously you've never been lost in Camden, NJ. Or the south end of Philadelphia. Now THAT'S dirty. I don't know where you've been in Durham....consider yourself lucky you don't live in the Fayetteville I remember from about ten, fifteen years ago. It was horrible - Bragg Blvd. was all pawn shops and peep shows. Glad to hear it's improved!

    Oh - the Caribbean. Yeah - you got me on that one. The beach is like snow - it makes EVERYTHING prettier!
    Last edit by carolinapooh on Apr 7, '06
  4. by   gentle
    hello all,

    We also will be relocating to Charlotte soon. I just received my temporary license.

    What are everyone's favorite hospitals in the Charlotte area and why?

    What are the wages for RNs?

    Are there a lot of continuing education classes in the Charlotte area or do I need to think about driving to Raleigh?

    How are the units divided in the different hospitals? Are there dedicated units for orthopedic patients?

    What do you like the most about working with your colleagues?

    Are there many seasoned nurses available as resources?

    I like to sew, what are the uniform codes?

    That's all for now I look forward to hearing from each of you

    Best wishes

    gentle
  5. by   gentle
    By the way,

    Carolinapooh, I couldn't agree more with what you wrote regarding the Raleigh Durham kindness. I have been kindly surprised by the mom who called our home to help me learn about the school systems in Raleigh. She didn't even know me :0. I almost wish we were moving there.

    sincerely,

    gentle
  6. by   Jolie
    Quote from gentle
    hello all,

    We also will be relocating to Charlotte soon. I just received my temporary license.

    What are everyone's favorite hospitals in the Charlotte area and why?

    What are the wages for RNs?

    Are there a lot of continuing education classes in the Charlotte area or do I need to think about driving to Raleigh?

    How are the units divided in the different hospitals? Are there dedicated units for orthopedic patients?

    What do you like the most about working with your colleagues?

    Are there many seasoned nurses available as resources?

    I like to sew, what are the uniform codes?

    That's all for now I look forward to hearing from each of you

    Best wishes

    gentle
    Congratulations on your upcoming move! I lived in Charlotte in the 1990's, and loved it! I worked in 2 facilities, Piedmont Medical Center across the border in Rock Hill, SC, and Mercy South (now known as CMC-Pineville). I didn't think much of Piedmont, and didn't stay long. I loved Mercy South. It was a small facility then, with lots of comraderie among the nursing staff and doctors. I would recommend checking into it. The area has grown so much in the years since I left that I'm not current on my information. New hospitals have opened, and old ones have changed hands, so hopefully someone with the current scoop will post. There used to be a dedicated orthopedic hospital in town. I don't know if that still exists.

    The Charlotte Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC) offers plenty of good continuing ed programs, so a road trip to Raleigh should not be necessary.

    Best wishes on your move!
  7. by   bullcityrn
    Quote from bahamabread
    I grew up in a third world country and Durham looked dirty to me!!! ( SORRY):uhoh21:
    I came here in North Carolina ( Fayetteville) to visit my then boyfriend and I fell in love............with him and the place. The trees.........the weather.....the seasons. Now....... Fayetteville is pretty boring...........just an army town.........but there is the army hospital that is always advertising for nurses. I had my baby there and it is very nice ( but they still complain about it) But Americans are spoiled somewhat..........( SORRY):uhoh21:
    The house prices I think here is very good. The cost of living is very reasonable, but then again I'm caribbean so what the hell do I know?
    But I think Florida is more expensive to live in.
    North carolinians are very friendly people. Always polite and helpful. I am impressed. I want to stay here but my husband (yes I hooked him) wants to go ..........anywhere else. Hes just tired of the army. My children love it here. But I gotta go where he goes. But I think he will regret it because we can get a good priced house in this state.
    Umm I think Charlotte was nice...but I only drove through. Raleigh looked nice to. They say Cary is one of the safest towns in the US ( dont remember where I heard that)
    Durham looked dirty to you?! I wonder what area you went through, couldn't possibly have been on our end of town! That's okay though, to each his own!

    Glad things worked out for you in NC and that you got your man. Good luck wherever you end up moving with your family!
  8. by   bullcityrn
    Quote from carolinapooh
    Gotta go now....gotta go get my AK-47 out from the closet...after all, it's almost eleven pm.....(pops cartridge into weapon, locks and loads....)
    OH NOOO!!!
  9. by   kgkarma
    Quote from nekhismom
    I think the Greensboro/Winston-Salem area is great. I grew up there, and loved it. I graduated from Nursing school and decided I needed to travel a bit and see things, and let me tell you, I am missing NC more than I ever would have imagined!!
    I was raised in Boston and moved to Greensboro many years ago. I love Greensboro and it is a wonderful place to live.
  10. by   kgkarma
    Quote from kgkarma
    I was raised in Boston and moved to Greensboro many years ago. I love Greensboro and it is a wonderful place to live.
    Sorry I didn't look at the date b4 I responded.
  11. by   gentle
    Jolie,

    Thanks for the info. I will check out the CMC-Pineville website.

    gentle
  12. by   twigloo
    Quote from carolinapooh
    Pardon me for saying so, but I really get bored with people bashing Durham all the time. Especially when the bashing either comes from (a) People Who Live or Lived In Raleigh (caps for emphasis) or (b) People Who Really Never Lived In Durham. (There's also the category of, People Who Have Lived In Raleigh And Have Never Lived Anywhere Else, but it would seem none of those people have posted here.) Raleigh isn't exactly perfect, either. But I digress...

    Please - not every house in Durham is a crackhouse, we're all not carrying guns around with us for personal protection, and as a matter of fact, I live within the city limits and only lock my doors just before I go to bed. I've never had to call the police and I don't keep my cars in a garage for fear of auto theft; they sit right in my driveway, unbothered and unharmed.

    I live in North Durham, above I-85 and about fifteen minutes from Duke University. I have never been mugged, shot at, accosted, followed, carjacked, or otherwise disturbed in any way. We own 2100 square feet on 1/3 of an acre (if it's land you want, and who doesn't, avoid new construction - my house will be ten next year). I do not live in a slum, a rundown neighborhood, or on the edge of the ghetto in some undesirable part of town. In fact, my house has appreciated by $60K since we bought it two years ago (a little less than half that is due to the fact we redid the kitchen, though) and we didn't pay an arm and a leg for it to start with.

    I've attached a picture. I live less than 20 minutes from Duke, which is basically downtown, and I can hear birds in my yard and crickets at night in the summer. Not a crackhouse in sight...LOL...

    I hear schools in Durham County might not be that great (LOL - I know the deal), but my nieces go to school in Wake County at a "Governor's School of Excellence" and I can't say they impress me too much either. The fact that they're so overcrowded and Wake County, according to the front page of this morning's News and Observer, really isn't willing to up the taxes to support a school bond referendum strikes me as rather sad. The private schools in the area must be ecstatic at Wake's reluctance.

    Durham is home to the Durham Bulls, Duke University, and the Research Triangle Park (and if you tell my mayor Bill Bell that RTP is in Raleigh, God help you - his favorite thing is setting people straight on this issue). We are known as the "City of Medicine", after all! We're about halfway between beaches and mountains, and are less than twelve hours away from NYC by car. RDU International Airport has a daily flight to London (DH is British and when we came back from overseas this flight was a big selling point with me) so Europe is only a few hours away by 777!

    (And for my Canadian friends , Air Canada goes to Toronto daily from RDU as well, so home wouldn't be too hard to get back to during the holidays or for vacations.)

    We do have some excellent hospitals in the area - UNC, Rex (which actually is part of UNC, but it's private where UNC is public), the Duke University Health System, and WakeMed are all within a respectable commute of various areas of Durham. I live about 40 minutes from work (traffic can be horrendous here at times) and my office where I work now is the next exit up from the airport.

    So please, don't think Durham is some black hole off the edge of the earth. Raleigh news stations certainly paint us that way - even though they're only MINUTES from here and not exactly Nirvana themselves. Sorry to run on so but this is a big issue with me.

    BTW, I'm prior military and a Navy brat and have pretty much lived everywhere - CA, NJ, FL (I concur with the awful heat on that one!), PA, OK, VA, NC, HI (I was even born there!), Germany. I even lived in Saudi Arabia for 2.5 years right after I got married. So I'm not completely blind to the rest of the country.

    PICK US! Raleigh, Durham, Morrisville, Wake Forest - NO MATTER! This is a great place to live - come down and check it out! I recently read in a news article that the Triangle area is full of "halfbacks" - Yankees (easy now, I'm half Yankee myself!) who moved down to Florida, couldn't hack the heat, and moved halfway back home. I was in a restaurant the other day and the waitress, who was from WI, commented that I was the first person she'd ever met who was even remotely from here (my dad retired and we moved to NC when I was much younger; I graduated from high school in an NC town most folks have never heard of). A couple hundred thousand transplants can't be ALL wrong, right?
    Thanks for posting a picture of your house.It's beautiful. I was becoming very confused about the cities in NC. Anyway, I am a Canadian who will be relocating to NC as a new graduate. I am single 40+ and would be looking to live in a city with available men!!! AND a good hospital to train at. Any suggestions? Thank you
    Patti
  13. by   Merrique
    Quote from carolinapooh
    I've lived in the Third World as well and cannot imagine how Durham would compare. New one for me.

    Obviously you've never been lost in Camden, NJ. Or the south end of Philadelphia. Now THAT'S dirty. I don't know where you've been in Durham....consider yourself lucky you don't live in the Fayetteville I remember from about ten, fifteen years ago. It was horrible - Bragg Blvd. was all pawn shops and peep shows. Glad to hear it's improved!

    Oh - the Caribbean. Yeah - you got me on that one. The beach is like snow - it makes EVERYTHING prettier!
    Lol, Bragg Blvd. is still nothing but pawn shops and strip clubs. With a few fast food places of course.

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