There are 3 hospital systems in Columbia, with 4 large and 1 smaller hospital, as well as multiple offshoot clinics and off campus facilities. There is also a military hospital on nearby Fort Jackson, as well as a VA hospital in town. There are at least 4 ERs, with one,at least, being a Level 1 trauma center. I'm not sure what the other ER levels are. I have worked extensively at the Level 1, which is also a teaching hospital associated with the University of South Carolina.We have 3 heart centers within the hospitals.There are jobs here for nurses, as long as you aren't looking for an office job.
Columbia is an ok place to live. It's not far to the beach or the mountains. It isn't full of exciting things to do, but I like it. We have a nice zoo.Lots of places here to walk and bike. Lake Murray is nearby if you like water stuff.
I know a little about Columbus Ga, also,as my brother lives there. There are 2 or 3 local hospitals. I believe one is a cardiac center. My impression is that the hospitals there are smaller. Columbus is centered around Fort Benning, a large training post. I know very little about the nursing situation there.
I hope that helps, and good luck.