emly (1,077 Views)
Joined Nov 12, '09.
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Hi,I'm an RN with a few mos of experience. I work in postpartum at a big, busy hospital (3PP floors) in Chicago. I'd like to move to Seattle after I wrap up a year here. My goal is to transfer to one of two types of OB units: (1) a more hollistic, midwifery driven unit or (2) a smaller OB unit where RNs are cross trained (AP/L&D/PP). There are very few (if any) hollistic birthing centers in Chicago, but there are a few hospitals with units like that crosstrain and cross staff, some even send nurses to NICU and peds floors. I would enjoy - to be able to get a breadth of experience. I'm also considering going back to school for a midwifery/DNP program. They have a combined program here, but I don't see myself staying in Chicago for the five years it would take to enroll and complete it. Does anyone know of similar programs in Seattle?Lastly, can you tell me on average what nurses w/ 1yr of experience make in WA? Here it's ~26/hr w/ $5 shift pm diff & $2 weekend ($7 weekend night).Thanks!
Loyola was bought by Trinity, I don't think they'll have a name change. A lot of my classmates had clinicals there and enjoyed all of their rotations. They're not known for hiring Loyola grads, or new grads in general really... but that doesn't mean they don't hire. I haven't heard anything about their new grad program. (Didn't know they had one.)
What Juli said - you'll be fine. Chicago rent will run you between $700 and $1500 for a 1BR, depending on where you live. Realistically, expect to pay closer to $900 for a one bedroom. Logan Square, Lincoln Square and West Town/Noble Square are pretty good price:value/location (also a little more diverse than Lincoln Park, Gold Coast, etc). Like Juli, I moved here w/ a starting salary of $27K, but that was 11 years ago and everything's a little more expensive. If you have a roommate, even easier.
I think it's opening up a little, but definitely better for BSN than ADN. I looked at Alexian Bros jobs the other day and just about all of their positions require 2-3yrs of experience, w/ very few exceptions.
They don't care where you take courses, just get good grades. I just graduated from Loyola's ABSN and I took all of my prereqs at community colleges. I'd recommend Wilbur Wright over Truman if you can. I also took a couple courses at Oakton CC and had great profs there.
I'm in the cohort that graduates in May 2012. I got in w/ a 3.0 cum gpa, but a 4.0 prereq gpa... and my low grades were from over 11 years ago, so I think they based my acceptance on essay and life experience. Doing okay in the program so far...
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