Are there any Illinois hospitals I should avoid? - page 2

by raindrop

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Please PM me if you don't feel comfy posting. I am mainly looking in the Chicago area, and possibly Central Illinois. I'm PO'd at NWMH. I had an interview with them that which I thought was WONDERFUL. After the interview the... Read More


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    Quote from BSNDec06
    Does anyone know about the University of Chicago Hospitals, specifically for a new grad? Thanks in advance.

    They have had some labor difficulties in the last few years. I would very carefully check out staffing on any unit that you may consider, including the level of experience of your co-workers, nurseatient ratios, ability to take earned time off, on-call or mandatory OT requirements, etc.

    Good luck!
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    Quote from Jolie
    They have had some labor difficulties in the last few years. I would very carefully check out staffing on any unit that you may consider, including the level of experience of your co-workers, nurseatient ratios, ability to take earned time off, on-call or mandatory OT requirements, etc.

    Good luck!
    Thanks for the advice

    By labor difficulties, do you mean that they are short-staffed? Or are there other problems that I'm not aware of? I'm attracted to the offer of free tuition for a MSN. If the working conditions are poor, however, it might not be worth it....You can PM me if you want and thanks again.
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    BSNDec06
    Hi, I was wondering if you took a position with them? If yes how is it going? I am looking at them for the same reason you are....tuition!!!!! I am interested in Cardiac. Anyone have info? Thanks.
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    whats the pay like for RN fresh out with a BSN?????????
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    I worked at University of Chicago hospitals prior to relocating out of state. I primarily worked on the Stem Cell Transplant Unit and it was wonderful. The staff, patients, physicians, managers were all so nice. Many of the patients were on the until for several months, so by the end of their stay they felt like family.

    The manager was awesome too. very flexible with staffing issues. Pay scale comparable to the other hospitals.

    Can't really speak for other units though. I've heard mixed reviews from other departments.
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    I just got hired NWMH and U of C and I chose the U of C job because they offered me three 12's and the nurse manager was so nice. They have very good ratings according to US news and World Report and a friend of mine worked there for 7 years before moving and loved it. they are trying to get magnet status and the pay much better. Their nurses are unionized and I am very happy with my decision. I start on June 5th! I am so excited, now I just have to pass my boards!
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    Hey JRA-
    I'm starting at U of C this summer, too! I'm going to cardiac telemetry. I chose UofC over Rush and Loyola because of the full tuition reimbursement and the request days off. When are you taking boards? I'm not starting until July 24 because I was told I couldn't begin until they had my unofficial results. Have you graduated already? Thanks!
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    this is soooo weird.

    i was offered a position on the BMT unit at U of C, and i have to let them know by this week if i want it...i really liked the unit and the unit manager, but i was unsure about the culture/atmosphere and the way nurses were treated...my other option is in a smaller hospital, it's a gero position which would probably be my last choice option (my 2 first choices are peds and oncology) BUt they have a tuition forgiveness program, plus they have an awesome residency program...it's also closer to my house...

    i also like the tuition reimbursement at U of C....what would you do?

    and hey, chellebelle - if i choose U of C, i'd be starting 7/24, too...how cool! what did you think of their residency program in conjunction with the art institute?? and what do you mean by request days off ? (guess i wasnt listening too closely at the interview
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    Quote from raindrop
    Please PM me if you don't feel comfy posting. I am mainly looking in the Chicago area, and possibly Central Illinois.

    I'm PO'd at NWMH. I had an interview with them that which I thought was WONDERFUL. After the interview the Hiring Manager told me that she is going to have HR call me in a couple days. I toook it as the Hiring Manager liked me, and she really seemed to during the interview. A week went by and I got no call, so I called the HR dept to follow up, and I got the "She is still interviewing for the position and hasn't made a decision yet" line. Ok. Another week went by and I got the letter form the Hiring Manager stating that after she looked at her staffs schedules, and made a few tweaks to the schedule, she is no longer hiring for that RN position...and then thanked me for my time. That's real organized. If it's the truth.
    Hi there,
    Just a head's up...please do not mistake NMH's HR for your manager. Please understand that NMH's HR is NOTORIOUS.

    edited to add:

    Sorry that you didn't know to call the manager first and NOT the daggumed HR!

    Honestly the manager could've been told some whoo ha by HR too about you interviewing at other places. Darn.

    from a fellow former frustrated who works at NMH and is really glad about it now,
    Gen
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    So I know this is probably way out of the area you are looking at, but Sarah Bush Lincoln in Mattoon is horrible. I would avoid it like the plague. Too many reasons to state, but I can if you want.


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