Best places for new grad RN BSN to work

  1. I am graduating in 3 weeks (yay!) with my BSN. I am eagerly searching for jobs in the Chicagoland area and was wondering if anyone has any opinions about hospitals in the area (good or bad). Last summer (May 2010) I was lucky enough to participate in Northwestern's Student Nurse Extern program (which was AMAZING) on the MICU and was hoping to work there after graduation but i heard they are not hiring at the moment. I want to work in a hospital unit where I will learn/perfect my clinical skills, and where people are acutally happy to work! I have worked in hospitals as a CNA where staff was constantly attacking each other and reluctant to offer a helping hand and that is something that I NEVER want to go through again. Any advice or opinoins you guys can share would be very much appreciated. How about Rush, Loyola, University of Chicago, Christ? Other hospital I may be forgetting about?
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  3. by   MommyToLiam
    Congrats on your upcoming graduation!!! I just got hired at Northwestern from a friend's referral. I know they hire a lot of their own externs. If that department is not hiring, you might still be able to secure a position in another area. Good luck!
  4. by   Bells23
    NMH is definitely hiring. They have a lot of applicants though, so you need to make sure your resume and cover letter are the best they can be. HR has a lot of applications to look through, and I'm sure many get filtered out.

    The ICU's have hired quite a few new grads in the last few months, so you might even be able to land your first choice.

    Good luck!
  5. by   Bells23
    NMH is always hiring, but they won't consider your application if you don't have your licensure already.
  6. by   Pixiesmom
    Personally I think you should stay downstate and work with me! Lmunoz you are an amazing nurse and I wish you the best of luck on your job quest.