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Opportunities are everywhere throughout the southeastern United States. "The current market is wide open for RNs of all skill levels," says Linda R. Easterly RN, BSN, MS, COHN-S, president of the Georgia Nurses Association. "There are numerous opportunities for nurse managers and especially APNs." And that extends to research and special programs, as well.



After a slow start, the number of facilities attaining Magnet status in the South is increasing. Easterly mentions that Georgia has two Magnet hospitals, St. Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta and St. Joseph's/Candler in Savannah, with numerous other systems working on this select criteria. The number of Magnet facilities elsewhere throughout the region are Alabama, one; Florida, 12; Louisiana, three; North Carolina, eight; and Virginia, two. To find out more, please see



Nurses can find many educational opportunities in the South. "There are many outstanding universities-with numerous scholarship opportunities for nurses wishing to advance their education," Easterly says. Besides the multitude of undergraduate and master's programs available at top universities throughout the South, there are also several doctoral programs for nurses, including those at the Medical College of Georgia and Emory University.



The South is a fun and beautiful area of the country to both work and play, with a varied landscape that features everything from mountains to ocean.


Additionally, the cost of living in the region is favorable to any region in the United States. Florida has no state income tax and many southern communities regularly make various "Top 10" lists as great places to live. Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Virginia are also among a growing list of "compact states," which recognize the RN licenses of other compact states.


Your Guide to Job Opportunities in the Southern States and Florida

Forsyth Medical Center


3333 Silas Creek Parkway


Winston-Salem, NC 27103


Contact: Nurse Recruiter


(336) 277-1909


Fax: (336) 277-1901 or (336) 277-1902




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Lakeland Regional Medical Center


1324 Lakeland Hills Blvd.


Lakeland, FL 33805


Contact: Human Resources/Nurse Recruiter


(800) 355-5762


Fax: (863) 284-1892


Web site:


NCH Healthcare System


225 9th Street North


Naples, FL 34102


Contact: Diane Sterlacci, Kathy Howes, Robert Shea


(800) 955-5165


Fax: (239) 436-5055




Web site:


Self Regional Healthcare


1325 Spring Street


Greenwood, SC 29646


Contact: Debra Metts, Recruitment Specialist


(864) 227- 5005


Fax: (864) 227-4993




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South Carolina Hospital Association


Contact: Anne Howard


(803) 796-3080, ext. 264




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VCU Health System


P.O. Box 980066


Richmond, VA 23298-0066


Contact: Jaime Cook, Nurse Recruiter


(800) 755-NURSE (6877) or (804) 628-0918


Fax: (804) 628-8873


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