Pay scales in South Carolina for RN

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    Quote from Sea Island Yank
    Lori, my family moved to Charleston, SC ten years ago from Beverly, MA. I have to tell you that after ten years I'm finally making what I earned at Salem Hospital when I left! I work for Roper St. Francis Healthcare which is comprised of Roper Hospital and St. Francis Hospital and all their free standing facilities. The other major employer, in the area, is the Medical University Hospital. All facilities are always hiring but there is no major shortage. Staffing is quite good.
    Charleston is a beautiful city but don't be fooled into believing it's inexpensive to live here. Yes, car insurance and property taxes are lower but food and clothing cost the same and they are all subject to a 6% sales tax. Housing is expensive although less than in the North. Public education is sorely lacking in comparison to MA so you might want to consider private schools if you have school-age children. If you would like me to to get contacts for you at either facility I would be happy too.

    Hi Sea Island,

    I too worked at Salem Hospital (Now North Shore Medical Center) for 15 years in the OR. We are now looking in the Conway SC area. It is very nice and the property is inexpensive. We can sell our home here in Peabody, MA and have a VERY SMALL mortgage and a very large house with lots of land. This winter was VERY tough. We got to -15 below zero. So we're packing up when we can find a house and/or land. Taxachusetts is getting too expensive!! Thanks for the reply on Charleston. We may look there as well. Do you have an accent yet? Or still have that Bawston accent??

    Thanks for the reply..........Lori
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    dear friend,

    i was browsing some emails from allnurses.com and spotted your mail.
    i am a newly qualified RN in u.k. i was always interested working as a rn in charlotte, nc. after i read your mail that there is not many vacancies for rn posts in nc, i was a bit dissappointed. is that the case in there still. i am planning to take my cgfns this year. i appreciate if you could let me know which is the best place to work as a rn near charlotte, nc area.

    thank you.
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    Quote from surfernurse
    I have lived in SC for the past 26 years (and I'm only 32), and it really is a beautiful state - and in great need of nurses. I currently work along the Grand Strand and pay is approx. 27-32, for experience. But these are not trauma based hospitals or teaching hospitals. Although excellent care, not a lot of cutting edge technology, and slow on other fronts as well. Needless to say, the pay scale is a little slow as well. The cost of living is lower than most places as well, and tht makes a difference - just depends on where you end up.

    Anyway, if you would like any specific information about specific places in SC, I would be happy to share,


    Allie
    Hi! I'm new to this forum ! We are currently living in FL but may be moving in the very near future to SC to be closer to family. Am thinking about going to Georgetown/Waccamaw Hospitals .Do you know anything about them? Any info would be helpful!Thanks!
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    Love this thread!!! Please any info on the best area to go with 3 small children (2,4, and 6) and 10+ years NICU experience?
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    Quote from Tomskatt
    Love this thread!!! Please any info on the best area to go with 3 small children (2,4, and 6) and 10+ years NICU experience?
    The only place in Charleston is Children's Hospital at MUSC. They have one of the few NICU's south of Columbia. The helicopter brings babies in from all over.
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    Quote from LoriRN911
    Hi Sea Island,

    I too worked at Salem Hospital (Now North Shore Medical Center) for 15 years in the OR. We are now looking in the Conway SC area. It is very nice and the property is inexpensive. We can sell our home here in Peabody, MA and have a VERY SMALL mortgage and a very large house with lots of land. This winter was VERY tough. We got to -15 below zero. So we're packing up when we can find a house and/or land. Taxachusetts is getting too expensive!! Thanks for the reply on Charleston. We may look there as well. Do you have an accent yet? Or still have that Bawston accent??

    Thanks for the reply..........Lori
    I still pahk my cah in SC. One thing that you hear, even after being here for 11 years is "You ain't from around here are ya." I have two sister-in-laws and an aunt who live in Peabody. They've been sending digital pictures of the snow. Sure is purty but I don't miss it at all! Stay in touch if you do decide to move here.
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    Quote from Sea Island Yank
    I still pahk my cah in SC. One thing that you hear, even after being here for 11 years is "You ain't from around here are ya." I have two sister-in-laws and an aunt who live in Peabody. They've been sending digital pictures of the snow. Sure is purty but I don't miss it at all! Stay in touch if you do decide to move here.
    Oh wicked cool!!! I used to go to camp in Peabody. (Peabuddy) when I was a kid!
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    Quote from Sea Island Yank
    I still pahk my cah in SC. One thing that you hear, even after being here for 11 years is "You ain't from around here are ya." I have two sister-in-laws and an aunt who live in Peabody. They've been sending digital pictures of the snow. Sure is purty but I don't miss it at all! Stay in touch if you do decide to move here.
    Hi Sea Island,

    Yes, the snow was more than we have had in a long time!! 2 FEET!!! And that was in just one storm with lots more snow to follow. OH BOY!! We just bought a home in Conway SC and are passing papers in April. We will rent for one year then move next spring. Can't wait!!! I'll keep in touch.
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    Conway huh, sounds good. That's about 100 miles north of us here in Charleston. You'll be right by Myrtle Beach, the Redneck Riviera!
    The year we moved, 1994, we were trying to sell our house in Beverly during January and February. Every weekend, when the realtor wanted to have an open house, we had a blizzard! By the time we drove off headed south we had had over 100 inches of snow! Thank goodness the relocation company bought it, at fair market value, or we would have been stuck there for months.
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    Quote from Soonstudent
    Hey sea island yank, NICU, or anyone else, I'm moving to Charleston in two weeks and have been accepted to trident, starting nursing courses in August 2005. I'm going to start taking pre-reqs this fall and I was hoping to get a job in a hospital while in school. Is there much I can do without first completing some nursing courses? I don't have any healthcare background, but I would take any position to get mt foot in the door. Also what do you think of trident's nursing program? Thanks Brandon
    Sorry, I just saw your post! Trident has a great nursing program. I have been very impressed with the students who come through my hospital doing clinicals. And trust me, I'm not easily impressed. My hospital hires a lot of students as "externs" and we all try to give them as much experience as possible while they work with us. I believe you will have needed to start school to be hired in this capacity. The managers are really great about working around your school schedule or you could be in the mobile resource pool and then you would float all over and be able to really pick your schedule.
    Another possibility is to work as a unit clerk now which will teach you the computer programs, order entry etc. and get you used to the lingo (medical abbreviations) and reading doctor's handwriting. You can do that in the MRP too. If you're interested you could call 402-1000 and ask for Donna Blew. If she asks you who told you to call, tell her all you know is she's an RN from Boston and she lives on one of the sea islands. You might mention that I've been "unavailable" for awhile. She'll know who I am. Anyway, hope my suggestions help.


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