It’s no secret that Novant Health (and every other health system in the country) is eager to hire new nurses at all stages of their careers.
In addition to a culture that puts the needs of our 8,000-plus nurses front and center, we’ve got one extra card to play that a lot of other systems don’t have: We’re based in sunny, fast-growing North Carolina, a diverse state that has lifestyles for every taste. Big city to the beach, mountains to metro life, we’ve got it.
It’s the fourth-highest state by incoming migration (2021-22). More than 360,000 people moved here in 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Most of those transplants came from Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, New York and Georgia. We can see why.
Our major medical centers:
- Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte: the country’s second-largest financial center behind New York City.
- Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem: A thriving city with a bright tech future, lively downtown and lower cost of living.
- Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington on the coast, just minutes from spectacular beaches.
Reasons to move to the Tar Heel state:
1. Four distinct seasons.
You’ll experience all four seasons in North Carolina. Spring and fall never seem to last quite long enough, but winters are mercifully mild. Just ask former traveling nurse manager Caitlin McNulty- Blétard —who landed here permanently — how much she misses Buffalo winters.
2. Outdoor lifestyle.
The North Carolina mountains offer lots of opportunities to be active outdoors, from Murphy in the southwestern corner of the state to booming Asheville up to the college town of Boone. Hiking, camping, fishing, tubing, rafting – North Carolinians enjoy it all. Skiing is just a few hours away from Charlotte and Winston-Salem in the mountains to the west.
The state offers more than 300 miles of beaches. The Outer Banks are famous for their wild horses – and for being first in flight. This is where Orville and Wilbur Wright flew the first airplane. In the southern part of the state, Wilmington is a lush coastal plain with beautiful parks and beaches to satiate both the adventurers and those looking to slow down. A true vacationland, Wilmington boasts multiple beaches as well as a quick 25-mile drive to Topsail Island.
Charlotte is also home to the U.S. National Whitewater Center that offers paddle boarding, whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing and more. It also hosts festivals and live music in the summer.
3. Arts and culture scene.
Charlotte, the state’s largest city, offers an endless supply of theater; live music; art, science and history museums; opera; galleries and more. Charlotte’s Blumenthal Performing Arts Center brings direct-from-Broadway plays and musicals to town, as well as a steady stream of big-name musicians, scholars and comics. It’s a regular stop for big-name rock, country and hip-hop acts.
In Winston-Salem – home to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts – there’s the Stevens Center, downtown’s primary performance venue. Nearby Greensboro is another major concert venue.
The cultural heritage of the Wilmington area is on display at the Cape Fear Museum. Established in 1898 as the New Hanover County Museum, the center takes visitors from pre-colonization days to the present. Wilmington’s Cameron Art Museum boasts the largest collection of North Carolina art.
4. Urban experience.
Charlotte (population nearly 880,000), Winston-Salem (population over 250,000) and Wilmington (population over 117,000) are all thriving urban centers with all the conveniences and culture you’d expect from that environment. Charlotte’s light-rail transit system has made it easier (and cheaper) than ever to get around the city.
5. Charming small towns.
If small-town living is more to your liking, you can find that in close proximity to Wilmington, Winston-Salem and Charlotte. Novant Health has hospitals and clinics in Huntersville, Matthews and Mint Hill near Charlotte; and Clemmons, Kernersville and Thomasville outside Winston-Salem. Bolivia (home of Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center) is just 30 minutes from Wilmington’s New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
6. Food and drink.
North Carolina is a foodie mecca. We’re famous for our barbecue (there’s both Eastern and Western style, and the rivalry is nearly as fierce as the one between Duke and Chapel Hill), and there are many fine dining options in cities and small towns. A few of our restaurants (such as Kindred near Charlotte and Leah & Louise in a newly revitalized part of Charlotte) have garnered national attention. Craft breweries are all over the state. You might be surprised to know that vineyards and wineries are, too.
Foodies fresh and seasoned alike will find intrigue in Wilmington’s burgeoning food scene. Celebrity Chef Vivian Howard’s Italian concept Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria as well as Chef Dean Neff’s Seabird are sure to delight. For the cocktail-curious, there is a bounty of trained and talented barmen and women preparing thoughtful and creative libations.
7. Sports mecca.
Uptown Charlotte offers the NFL Carolina Panthers, the NBA Charlotte Hornets, Major League Soccer team Charlotte FC and the AAA Charlotte Knights baseball team, while the Charlotte Checkers, a minor league hockey team, plays just a few miles from city center. The name of Winston-Salem’s Minor League baseball team – the Dash – honors the punctuation mark in the city’s name. Both Charlotte and the “Twin City” embrace their hometown teams.
North Carolina is also home to one of the most famous rivalries in all of college sports. Duke and UNC Chapel Hill are fierce opponents – especially during basketball season. Pick a side. It’s hard to stay neutral when it comes to college hoops in North Carolina.