Chicago RNs - info appreciated for experienced RN!

  1. Hi all! I am a BSN prepared nurse with 3+ years experience (one year ortho, two years gen med/surg). I currently live and work in Minnesota at a very well known medical center. I am interested in moving back to Chicago (originally from suburbs), and was hoping to get some information on the job market in the city. I have read a few threads that state it takes months to find a job....does this still apply when a few years of experience is involved? I am hoping to begin applying in August and would be hoping to find a job and move before winter - is this realistic? Would it increase my chances of being hired if I moved back to IL first then began searching? I do have several months of living expenses saved. Finally (sorry for all the questions) how much can I expect to make hourly in the city? Currently I make low 30s/hour and work a 0.8 to make about the same amount of money I think I would need to make at least $28ish hourly and work a 0.9. Thanks for reading and I appreciate any insight!
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    Joined: Feb '11; Posts: 31; Likes: 15
    RN; from US
    Specialty: General medicine/geriatrics


  3. by   MrChicagoRN
    Cost of living varies, but $26-28 is pretty much the new grad rate, so you should be able to beat that.

    Do you have a Chicago address you could use? Parents, friends, etc. I wouldn't wait to get here. Just be clear in your cover letter that you are relocating soon.

    the market is competitive, but there are always open positions.

    Good luck.
  4. by   flightriskRN
    Thank you for your reply! I have quite a few friends from Chicago and a sister who lives in the area, but I am hesitant to use their address as I think it would get tricky when I need to arrange interviews because I would need to fly and then I would have to be honest anyway about the fact that I still live in MN