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Looking to relocate where the pace is easier, the temperatures milder, the cost of living lower, and career opportunities abundant? The Southern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee have many communities that might be just what you are looking for.

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Some quick facts for nurses interested in working and living in the South:


As of October 2004, these states had 27 facilities that were given Magnet status. Florida leads the way with 12.


Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee are among the 17 "compact states," which means that an RN license in any of these is recognized by the others.


Interested in an advanced degree? All of these Southern states have baccalaureate and master's programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Also, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing lists 18 doctoral programs here, with at least one in each of these states.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Center for Health Workforce Analysis projects that in 2020, Georgia's need for nurses will exceed its supply by 32,043, or 40.1%, the highest percentage in the South. Florida will need 33% more nurses, or 61,146, the highest number of any of these states.


Figures for Kentucky in 2020 actually show a surplus. However, that could change, and doesn't reflect spot shortages in some locations and specialties.


Florida has no state income tax, and Tennessee only has income tax on dividends and interest.


Are sunny beaches and water sports attractive? Most of the Southern states are along the Atlantic coast or the Gulf of Mexico (Florida, of course, is along both), with many communities within an easy drive to the beach.


Your Guide to Job Opportunities in the South

Florida Hospital Waterman


1000 Waterman Way


Hwy North 441


Tavares, FL 32778


Contact: Karin D'Aurora


(877) 298-7329


Email: Karin.D'


Lakeland Regional Medical Center


P.O. Box 95448


Lakeland, FL 33804


Contact: Nurse Recruiter


(800) 355-5762 or (863) 687-1310


Job Hotline: (877) 576-LRMC


New Hanover Health Network


2131 S. 17th Street


Wilmington, NC 28401


(877) 781-2468


Fax: (910) 815-5925


Pitt County Memorial Hospital


P.O. Box 6028


Greenville, NC 27835


Contact: Employment Office


(800) 342-5155


Fax: (252) 847-8225




SemperCare Hospitals


(866) 849-9012


Fax: (972) 836-1333




South Carolina Hospital Association


1000 Center Point Rd.


Columbia, SC 29210


Contact: Anne Howard, Director,


Recruitment Services


(803) 796-3080


Fax: (803) 796-2938




Southern Regional Health System


11 Upper Riverdale Road, SW


Riverdale, GA 30274


Contact: Human Resources


(770) 991-8040 or Jobline (770) 991-8037


Fax: (770) 991-8051




VCU Health System


P.O. Box 980066


Richmond, VA 23298-0066


Contact: Jennifer Pitts, Nurse Recruiter


(800) 755-NURSE


Fax: (804) 628-8873