I am a student nurse (currently in MD), and my SO and I are discussing relocating to SC. I'm looking for input from any nurses in/around/near SC? What I've heard is confusing... cost of living is low, homes are cheap(er), salaries are low.... so I guess I'm wondering what the starting salaries are, and how the conditions are... from a nurse who knows. I'm really looking for more definitive input than an hourly wage... what you thought of the area, whether the low cost of living made up for the decrease in salary, if you would recommend it. Thanks in advance for any help. This move to SC isn't as arbitrary as it may seem, but to explain would take entirely too much web space lol.
Thanks again, you guys (and gals) are great!
Jul 6, '01
Columbia, SC http://www.columbiasc.com
(this is where I worked) in Columbia
(this is the Columbia Newspaper) look Sunday at the classifieds.
(this is the Catholic Hospital-they have 2 campuses) Great Heart and Eye Hosp
(this is across the River. Very Good Hospital-where I would go unless it was a major trauma.
Charleston Charleston.net (the web site for the News and Courier newspaper.) site is down today. check their Sunday Classifieds.
Medical University of SC Hospital
St. FrancisBon Secours
Trident Hospital (2 campuses N. Charleston and Summerville-private hosp.)
The site for Charleston.net is down today. I know they have on it the classifieds from the News and Courier. Check Sundays ads. You can also check the housing market. I like the Summerville area about 15 miles west of Charleston. It's upscale enough but not too busy. My son lived near the ocean on James Island and the prices there were out of sight.
I don't know much about Greenville-Spartanburg. Possibly enter a search for hospitals?
I sincerely doubt that there are hospitals giving $25/hr and huge recruitment bonuses. The only ads I have seen like that are for scabs @ $4000 a week.
In Columbia and Charleston there are also VA hospitals. They pay quite well. At Ft. Jackson (Columbia) there is Moncrief Army Hospital. They have civilian employees in addition to military.
Hope this begins to help. I worked in Columbia.
Not the worst place to work, but a BIG hospital! It is also affiliated with the medical school as a teaching hospital, and also is the high level trauma center and newborn NICU for the center of the state. Palmetto also has Baptist in Columbia and Baptist in Easley-up towards Greenville. I don't know much about that one.
Last edit by P_RN on Jul 7, '01