Advocate hospital starting salary for new grads - page 2

Hello, I was really considering on working for an Advocate hospital around Illinois when I graduate this May like Christ or South Suburban. Although I was wondering if anyone knew around what their... Read More

  1. by   JamieJCST
    I just wanted to add that as of Jan 1, Christ and Hope will only hire BSN nurses because of Magnet designation. As far as I know, these are the only Advocate hospitals doing it at this time but I'm sure the others will follow if they are Magnet hospitals.
  2. by   netglow
    Looked 'em up and copied this:

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and certification in your current area of specialty within 2 years or 2,000 hours.
  3. by   MrChicagoRN
    Cost of living varies greatly by region. And salaries usually reflect that.

    Using the cost of living calculator:

    Using the 26.75 base salary for comparison, Chicago's regional $55,640 requires $77,419 to live in the San Franscisco area. (39.14% difference)
    Also, California law mandates staffing via ratio, while Illinois law requires staffing by acuity, and forbids mandatory overtime.

    Acuity is better.

    In addition, most nurses will also be receiving shift & weekend differentials, so most will be earning over $60-70,000 per annum.

    Finally, salaries aren't everything. 1st of all, the trick is still to find a job. There is no nursing shortage in the top tier hospitals. And those are the ones where you will generally find the greatest learning experiences and the greatest opportunities for professional growth.
  4. by   Ayvah
    Quote from MrChicagoRN
    Also, California law mandates staffing via ratio, while Illinois law requires staffing by acuity, and forbids mandatory overtime.

    Acuity is better.
    The dream implementation of acuity is better, but in practice, this does not get properly done. Acuity forms are designed by the hospital, and not regulated by much more than just mandating that some nurses be on the committee. At the last hospital I worked at, we were told that our new staffing by acuity form revealed that we needed to cut our patient load by 2 patients each, but instead of giving us more staff, they were instead changing the form so that it would reflect our current staffing numbers (which clearly shows how meaningless "staffing by acuity" is).

    Staffing by acuity also does nothing to take into account lunch breaks where you can have 12 or more patients. It is a good charge nurse that will split up patients based upon acuity, and that's the critical factor, not a form that asks few questions which misses the real issues that make individual patients heavy or light.

    I would argue that legally restricting numbers of patients per nurse(like in California) and having the oversight of a good charge nurse to balance acuity is far better than acuity-only systems run by IL hospitals.
  5. by   erbryan
    Christ requires you to have a BSN now that they have (Maggot status) Mangnum status , As far as South Suburban its a Ghetto hospital in the suburbs, Consider something else than Advocate
  6. by   NICU_babyRN
    My net for last year was almost 60K. I've been working at the hospital for about four years and started as new BSN grad. After taxes and benefits are taken out my take home was 40K! Just keep this in mind new grads!
    And yes, most Chicago "magnet" hospitals are going for BSN only and/or 2+yrs experience.