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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.

 

MAGNET CATCHING ON

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 http://www.nursecredential-ing.org/magnet/facilities.html.

 

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

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.

 

LIVING AND WORKING IN THE SOUTH

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

 

Email: abnusser@novanthealth.org

 

Web site: http://www.novanthealth.org

 

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: http://www.lrmcjobs.com

 

NCH Healthcare System

 

225 9th Street North

 

Naples, FL 34102

 

Contact: Diane Sterlacci, Kathy Howes, Robert Shea

 

(800) 955-5165

 

Fax: (239) 436-5055

 

Email: careers@nchmd.org

 

Web site: http://www.nchmd.org

 

Self Regional Healthcare

 

1325 Spring Street

 

Greenwood, SC 29646

 

Contact: Debra Metts, Recruitment Specialist

 

(864) 227- 5005

 

Fax: (864) 227-4993

 

Email: dmetts@selfregional.org

 

Web site: http://www.selfregional.org

 

South Carolina Hospital Association

 

Contact: Anne Howard

 

(803) 796-3080, ext. 264

 

Email: ahoward@scha.org

 

Web site: http://www.SCHealthJobs.net

 

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

 

Web site: http://www.vcuhealth.org/careers