Hello. I believe we "met"on another forum, unrelated to nursing. Small world.Anyway, I can only speak from my very limited NC experience, as I have only recently moved down from NY(:chuckle ). Anyway, I have almost 12 years of NICU experience with a little cardiac and med/surg thrown in and am looking for employment in the Charlotte area. It seems the rate of pay (from what I have been told by recruiters) is from $19.00- 29.50/hr. No they are not unionized down here. I honestly don't know if that is good or bad. I have worked in unionized hospitals that were awesome and some that were horrible. I guess it depends on the Union. I'm sorry I don't have a lot to tell you, but there is another thread here that has other's pay experiences. Good luck to you.
As for the lifestyle here, I have to say it has only been 3 months, but I am loving life down here. The people are unbelievably warm and friendly and the weather is terrific! My kids are fitting in okay, with a few little "growing pains" along the way and I just love that each morning I watch the sunrise from my porch and the sunset from my back deck. No place is perfect, but this was a great move for my family! Good luck to you!