I tried to send a private message but I think that you have to respond to so many threads before you are able to send private messages. I really can't tell you a whole lot about Charlotte because I moved here a couple of years ago from Philly and I don't get out much. If you are buying a home, depending on the area, you will definitely find that it is a lot cheaper than Delaware. As far as CMC, its a pretty good place to work. I don't know much about University but if you are able to get into CMC-Main or any other facility under Carolinas Healthcare System, after 6 months you will be able to put in a transfer and it may be a little bit easier to get into University if something is open. The starting rate really isn't all that great down here compared to Delaware but if you have some experience, you may be able to negotiate a little. If you are open to working weekends, the rate is $34./hr but it is considered a part time position. However, the benefits are pretty much the same, just a little bit more and as far as accumulating PTO, I think its like 4 hrs per pay period instead of 7.5 if you were full-time. Do you know what area you are interested in? CMC also has a float pool and I think that the pay is like $26/$27 but I am not really sure.
Also, (3) 12 hour shifts are considered full-time and if I am not mistaken, almost every single floor does self scheduling which is pretty cool. With that, you can be off for 8 days without taking any PTO. For example, if you schedule yourself for Sun, Mon & Tuesday you have completed your requirements for that week and then on the next week, you can schedule yourself for Thurs, Fri & Saturday which gives you 8 nice days to be off(LOL).
Let me know if I can be of any additional assistance........good luck!