I live in Milwaukee and will graduate May 2006 with ADN (prior BS in Business) and I saw that on Feb 11th University Hospitals is having a job fair.
I currently work in CVICU-Intern (Milwaukee) and I like my job, I just don't like my organization so much...benefits are horrible, education reimbursement is slim, full time is 80/week, new grads must work that crazy day/night rotation.....I worked 5 night shifts, had less than 24hrs off and three day shifts...ick!
I have been looking at opportunities in Chicago and notice that University Chicago www.uchospitals.edu/jobs/nursing/index.html
was rated one of the top hospitals 2005, they offer FULL reimbursement for BS completion and Full time is 36 hours. No agency/ hospital offers anything close to this in Milwaukee.
I am interested in CVICU or Cardiac stepdown. Does anyone have any knowledge of these floors....3SE Cardiothoracic Surgical Unit or 5SE Telemetry Stepdown????
Even if you aren't familiar with the floors, maybe you know someone who works in the Chicago hospital or you just have general information on working conditions in the hospital (staffing ratio, preceptor/ orientation program in general). I am looking for the real deal, please PM me with any info if afraid or hesitant to post...or hopefully you have good things to say and will leave a great post!
I am also looking at a Job fair with RUSH in March and have thoughts of Northwestern....
I am looking for good benefits, tuition reimbursement, 36hr full time, straight shifts (I don't care if it is nights, I don't like to rotate), decent staffing ratio (my ICU is 1:2--even if they are VAD or CVVH, Cardiac Stepdown is 1:4 day, 1:6 PM) and I love teamwork (who doesn't)!