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 career.

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The sun sets on another beautiful day in uptown Charlotte.

In addition to a culture that puts the needs of our 8,000+ nurses front and center, we’ve got one extra card to play: We’re based in sunny, fast-growing North Carolina, a diverse state that has lifestyles for every taste. Big city to beach, mountains to metro life, we’ve got it.

It was the third-highest state for incoming moves in 2023, as reported by the National Movers Study, with Charlotte ranking as one of the top five most moved-to cities. 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.

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Reasons to move to the Tar Heel state:

1. Four distinct seasons.

You’ll experience all four seasons in North Carolina. 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.

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.

In the southern part of the state, Wilmington is a lush coastal plain with beautiful parks, a cross-city biking/walking trail, and the Cape Fear River to satiate both the adventurers and those looking to slow down. A true vacationland, Wilmington is located within minutes of three different barrier-island beaches as well as a quick 1-hour road trip away from popular vacation spots like North Myrtle Beach and Topsail Island.

Charlotte is 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.

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The Blue Ridge Mountains offer stunning views of western North Carolina.


The U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte is a premiere outdoor destination.

3. Arts and culture scene.

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Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, located in Charlotte, is known for the best in performing arts entertainment.

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 shows to town, as well as a steady stream of big-name musicians, scholars and comics.

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.

If you're a baseball fan, you can't beat the view at the Charlotte Knights field.

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.

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Holden Beach, North Carolina, is a peaceful place to relax and recharge.

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.

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Charlotte FC, founded in 2019, competes in Major League Soccer as a member of the Eastern Conference.

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.

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