Possible Relocation to SC

  1. Hello from Minneapolis Mn. Looking for warmer winters hopefully without giving up the fantastic standard of living that minneapolis has given us. Any one who can give me any info on where to live and work would be much appreciated. I'm a ICU RN with 15 years of ER, CVICU, MICU, CICU experience. Would love any info on what my hourly salary might be and how you would rate the standard of care in SC.
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  3. by   gitterbug
    Good luck on your move. I have no real info to give you buy I think someone with your experience will be very sought after.
  4. by   jamangel
    I'm an LPN that works both Georgia and South Carolina. You can live quite comfortably in Aiken, SC or North Augusta, SC. Both cities give you the advantage of working also in Georgia. North Augusta is <5 min. away and Aiken is <20 min. The area has 8 hospitals to choose from all in demand for RN's and willing to pay with sign on bonuses. There are several aganecies, nursing homes, dialysis centers, specialty care, corrections and I could go on. I will say that on this end that depending on what your extracurricular life is like you may find what is offered enough. If not, Columbia SC is 1 hour away and Charlotte, NC and Atlanta are equal distances from Augusta. I suspect your hourly rate can be $23-$35 depending on where you work. There are Federal facilities that pay more but it depends on your education as well as your experience. Good Luck!
  5. by   SCRN1
    What part of SC are you planning to move to? I live in Columbia and we have several big hospitals here. If you prefer, there are smaller ones not too far away. The going rate for a new grad is around $18-something/hr and with your experience, I know it would be a lot more. A nurse with an agency who's not even ACLS was telling me just yesterday that she makes $38/hr working days. You may be making more where you currently live, but you have to consider the cost of living is probably much less here also.
  6. by   cmokhtar
    Quote from dgarcia1
    hello from minneapolis mn. looking for warmer winters hopefully without giving up the fantastic standard of living that minneapolis has given us. any one who can give me any info on where to live and work would be much appreciated. i'm a icu rn with 15 years of er, cvicu, micu, cicu experience. would love any info on what my hourly salary might be and how you would rate the standard of care in sc.
    desirable locations are numerous. it mainly depends upon your lifestyle. if you are a yuppie, buppie or whatever the current slogan is, west ashley, downtown or mount pleasant are good choices. the cost of living is lower than mn. you can get a reasonable 3 bedroom, 2 bath house (12-1500 square feet) for under 180k. if you like a mixture of country and city, check out cities like goose creek, summerville, and georgetown. the more upscale and expensive houses (500,000 k) are on the islands: seabrook, isle of palms, james island. water is everywhere: rivers, ocean, and creeks. most people are natives. the older professional population tends to be transports: ex-military, job transferees, retired northerners, college gradates. this is not a culturally diverse or multi-national community. the selection of non-traditional restaurants is limited. if you have children i would think about private school. mount pleasant has the best school system. crime is low. it is a nice community to raise kids (given the caveat above) and retire. there are several hospitals: musc, st frances/roper, and trident to name a few. charleston is a good second chance spot. hope this helps.

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