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Old 08-08-2011, 12:40 PM
 
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The last three summers we've vacationed in Surf City, love the area and are toying with the idea of moving in or near the Hampstead/Wilmington area. My husband is currently a corrections RN (nurse in a CT prison) and we're wondering about the payrate/abundance of such jobs.

He's only been a nurse for 6 years (4 of them in corrections, 2 as a med/surg nurse). And because of CT state budgeting issues, he hasn't had a raise in almost 3 years so his salary, without working overtime, isn't huge compared to the cost of living in CT.

Can anyone give me an idea about the best places to target nursing jobs within an hour of Hampstead? Anyone out there working in corrections who can chime in on corrections RN positions/pay for someone with 4 yrs corrections/6 years RN experience?

Just gathering information, putting feelers out there to see if considering a move is even worth displacing our 12, 10 and 5 yr old children....

Thanks in advance for any information or help :-)
Rebecca
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:31 AM
 
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You can check in Wilmington and also Onslow memorial in Jacksonville. I'd guess his pay offers will be in the mid-$20 range.
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Can anyone give me an idea about the best places to target nursing jobs within an hour of Hampstead? Anyone out there working in corrections who can chime in on corrections RN positions/pay for someone with 4 yrs corrections/6 years RN experience?
I don't have personal experience, but a google search turns up http://www.monkeydoit.com/jobs-onslow-county.php with a listing of Onslow County, NC jobs. The most relevant to your needs is the State site listing for Staff nurses in the Department of Corrections, with listing in various counties. Salaries are $37,7K to $80K, and require a NC State License. I'll leave it to you husband to do any further research.

Possibly worth pursuing are Federal jobs with the Marines at Camp Lejeune. You have to learn to use USAJobs.com. Current listing were for Med Techs at 38-50K, and Nurse practitioners at 68-89K. Onslow County listed EMS Paramedics at 36-46K. The PP mentioned Onslow Memorial which does not list their salary structure. Brynn Marr in Jacksonville (a psych and substance abuse hospital) also does not list their salary structure, but they require 12 hour shifts.

North Carolina has also had state budget cuts, so you would be competing with local people for any jobs.

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Old 08-17-2011, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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The most relevant to your needs is the State site listing for Staff nurses in the Department of Corrections, with listing in various counties. Salaries are $37,7K to $80K, and require a NC State License.
I found this article in the Connecticut papers, and if the $105K salary plus overtime is typical, I feel the OP would be better off staying in Connecticut. The husband could make good money, retire in 14 more years, and then consider moving to the North Carolina shore. After all, Connecticut has beaches, good schools, and interesting towns an hour away from the beach.

Here's the story:

Senator Calls For Inquiry Into Prison Nurses' OT - CTnow

Apparently Connecticut allows overtime pay to count toward pensions, which few states do, and corrections nurses can retire after 20 years at any age. That sound like a great situation to me.

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