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Possible relocation to Chapel Hill area

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AlwaysLearning247 has 4 years experience as a BSN.

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My fiancé is applying to a few grad schools around the US and there is a high possibility we will be relocating to North Carolina this Fall (Chapel Hill area). Is it uncommon to be able to land a job at one of the area hospitals without living in NC (phone interview, Skype, etc)? We are moving from MA and I have 4 years of experience, mostly in acute care (medical-surgical, telemetry, stepdown).

Are there any hospitals that anyone recommends in particular (pay, ratios, etc.)? Also if anyone has any recommendations on best areas to live, that would be helpful. 

Thank you!

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Hi Mass Nurse- UNC Chapel Hill Hospital is the only hospital in Chapel Hill. It is a large referral center (around 950 beds), so there are plenty of jobs. If you are used to working in a teaching hospital, you will probably like the work environment. Chapel Hill is pretty expensive to live in, so many people commute from Durham ( 4-12 miles away, depending on where you live in Durham). Parking  for hospital employees is one of the things that most people complain about. New hires usually get assigned to park-and-ride lots that are 2-4 miles from the hospital. It can take years to accumulate enough state employee time to get reassigned to on-campus parking, and perhaps 8-10 years to get a convenient parking garage assignment. It used to be easier for nurses to get good parking, but the university changed the rules a couple of years ago. 😕 Not sure who gets all of those "across the street" from the hospital parking garage spaces now-professors-graduate students-who knows?????

Good luck in your job search.

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