I am from Texas and will be relocating to the Columbia area as soon as I graduate (June/July 2008). What is the starting pay for new grad nurses in this area and when should I begin looking for a job? Also would I need to take NCLEX here in Tx and then transfer my license? I've never moved out of state before so this is all new to me! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Sorry I just caught up with my forums. Palmettohealth.org has the wages for a new RN at 18.08 (I think) and it looks like they have a good variety of units to pick from. I worked for them for many years.
There is a quite nice Lexington (County Medical Center) maybe 5 mi from downtown Columbia -can't seem to find their URL.
There are 2 Providence hospitals mainly heart, OB and ortho http://www.provhosp.com/employment/
Several mental health facilities, an army hospital at Ft Jackson, A VA hospital-a GOOD VA hospital that is.
Texas and SC are both in the compact states where you can work with your home state license but follow the work state laws. I hope that made sense.https://www.ncsbn.org/158.htm
SC is lovely all over (Im a bit biased) http://www.sciway.net/med/colamed.html
C'mon down/up/over and become a nurse here. BON rules etc are at LLR.org.(that's Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Nurses are in with fire marshalls, accupuncturists, barbers etc.-odd but very easy to find what you are looking for)
Last edit by P_RN on Jul 15, '07