I'm currently working on my DNP for ACNP and I'm interested in working in critical care upon graduation (particularly trauma or other surgical critical care). My wife and I have talked and decided that we will most likely be interested in relocating our family after graduation. We would like to live in the South (because of the weather) and I'd ideally like the opportunity to work in a surgical ICU (trauma, Cardiothoracic, or general surgical) and also be able to participate in some sort of academic/research activities. This could be something formal (i.e. teaching in an NP program) or informal (i.e. precepting NP students or working somewhere where there is a post-graduate fellowship for NPs). Research could also be formal or informal (I'd like the chance to contribute to scholarly work, but it doesn't necessarily need to be big-time research). Clinical is the most important role and I'd be willing to sacrifice academic/research for a great clinical situation and a nice place to live.
Can anyone recommend good places? Cities/metro regions to live in that have a good ACNP market, or specific hospitals/systems/universities?