Hi, I live in the Triangle area. I have also worked at UNC, WakeMed and Rex Healthcare. A questions for ya:
1) Which city are you going to live in? There are so many options to choose from. Proximity itself may make your choice for you. Chapel Hill is pretty pricey, as is certain parts of Raleigh. Cary is nice, but also pricey (very low crime rate though). Durham has a bad rep, parts of it are ok.
UNC is a state funded teaching hospital. Have no more expectations than that. I worked in CTICU, CCU, RICU, MICU, SICU and one time floated to a tele floor (bleh). Can be very busy, takes forever it seems to get anything done with the residents. My understanding is that they pay better than Duke though.
Duke, never worked there. Had friends who did, everyone says it is a incredibly busy place. Pay is less than UNC.
WakeMed and Rex are awesome! Personally, I would go to one of those two, both are private not for profits. WakeMed is the bigger of the two, with 700+beds, Level 2 Trauma center, one of the busiest ED's in the state (and one of the few ED's with a 3 to 1 ratio). Nice differentials at both places, Rex is 3.50 for evenings, 5.00 for nights and an extra 10.00 for weekends on top of evening and night diff! WakeMed pays 2.35 for evenings, 3.25 for nights and weekends are different. Weekend day diff is time and a half, weekend night diff is time and two thirds!
Feel free to email with any questions, will be glad to answer them for ya.