I am a 34 yr nursing veteran and still going strong. I got my ADN at Lander College in 1970 and then my BSN in 1975 from USC Columbia. Done just about every kind of nursing there is the last 34 yrs. My love is Geriatrics and I am now Director of Nursing in a 135 bed SNF. Born and reared in Sumter mostly, but lived in Columbia and Myrtle Beach for several years. Married a golfer in MB and went back to Massachusetts with him for 7 yrs. then he figured out it was more fun to golf all winter than shovel snow so back to SC we came in 1984. He is now retired (much older than I am.. hehehehe:chuckle ) and I work.. hmmmmm, something wrong with that picture. Original plan was when he retired I would semi-retire. Only 26 yrs ago when we married, we didn't think about Medicare would not offer a family plan to wife 18 yrs younger. Oh, well, now I work for insurance but thank the good Lord that I am able to work.
For those of you planning to move to SC.. there is a need for nurses all over the state. Most are offering sign on bonuses and good salaries. We desperately need some young nurses in SC.. the average age of RNs in SC right now is 45. And some of us old 'uns do plan to retire one day.
As for me.. I am 52, married to my soulmate and we have one young 'un.. Sir Rascal who is a 4 yr old Boston Terror (aka terrier).. He is spoiled rotten and we have no plans to rectify that..
WE golf, visit the lovely parts of our state.. I can be in the mountains in 2.5 hrs and on the beach in 2. or hop to Atlanta or Charlotte in less than 4 for some major mercantile therapy.
If anyone has any questions about certain areas or hospitals, please just let me know. I am very involved with the SCNA and also the SC Chapter of NADONA (national assoc of DON in Long Term Care) and have contacts in most areas of the state. Just found this forum. been reading the newsletter but never took time to check out this area. Hope to chat with you some more.