I am currently a NICU nurse with 1 year and 6 months experience ( so relatively new) I love my job, also love picu. Unfortunatley, it is looking like my husband is going to be transfered for work to the Charlotte or Matthews, North Carloina area. I am wondering how difficult it will be for me to find an opening in nicu/picu there. Also curious about the average starting base rate for this area. All advice is appreciated
You have Presbyterian, Carolinas Healthcare Services, Gastoinia Hospital and Lake Norman, of al the hospitals I always preferred Northeast Medical Center which has always be a progressive nurse oriented hospital. It had a magnet status for a few years. But since then has been absorbed by CHS. We use to have as nurses a selection and they facilities would negotiate and tryn to win you over. But since the super service take over we have lost a lot of our edge. Pick wisely, don't set yourself for failure. Chances are you are worth more then they are willing to pay. It's a right to work state, unions are tx like the anti-Christ in this reqion. Social wise Charlotte has a nice arts district, a bit lean on the music side,great food and plenty of proximity to both the ocean and mountains. People are laid back, some class snobiness as in anywhere else. GREAT WEATHER! plenty of real estate live outside of Charlotte and save $$$$. Sportsfans love Charlotte, Football,baseball,basketball, and Nascar. School systems are regional. Don't sign the first job offer look around and visit before you determine to settle down... Hope this helps....
Last edit by dnnc52 on Jun 22, '10
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