New Grad Job Opportunities Chicago/Suburbs

  1. I am a new grad (RN), passed NCLEX 5 months ago. I have applied to every hospital I know. I applied to Chicago, suburban, and East Chicago hospitals near Indiana. I landed one interview at a hospital but did not get the job. I also interviewed with two nursing homes but the nurse to resident ratio was unsafe. I would have been responsible for 60+ people. I understand it is very difficult for new grads to land a hospital position. I am willing to work in ltc but with a safe nurse to resident ratio. I have no shift preference. If anyone knows of any job openings I would really appreciate it. I know you may not want to name names but if you could give me a hint that would be great. I am very frustrated and saddened. I want to work and as time passes I no longer will be considered a new grad. I need a job, any type of help is gladly appreciated.
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  3. by   jesuslovesme
    I know this post is still new but any job leads would be great.
  4. by   netglow

    Unfortunately, this makes it even tougher. As long as facilities can easily fill jobs with nurses already experienced in acute care the jobs available for new grad consideration in Illinois will be few. Adding 138 experienced nurses back into the "fishbowl" is not a good thing.
  5. by   jesuslovesme

    thanks for the article, i will share it with some of my former classmates. i just keep praying things will eventually get better.
  6. by   Tito RN
    I am a pretty new grad also, but in order to land a job you can't turn down jobs. If you want experience you have to be willing to take on jobs with even horrible nurse to patient ratios. It is horrible to say, but the longer u r out of school without a job, the more you will forget and the less in demand you will become. Nursing homes all over have those unsafe number, but they are pretty much the only shot these day in getting a job. So earn some experience from there and move on to bigger and better. And I have never heard of a 60+ to 1 ratio, I have heard of 15-35 and even this is high, but this is the reality.
  7. by   jesuslovesme
    Trust me, I would have been responsible for 60 residents by myself. I know you can't be picky, but I will not risk my license. Thanks for responding
  8. by   Jack245
    Have you tried the south a good 45 minutes - hour south of Chicago? I'm looking for CNA jobs myself and most of the career opportunities I've been seeing lately are for RNs. If you want more specifics, just PM me.
  9. by   Daliadreamer
    Try to find nursing homes or acute rehab facilities that are affiliated with a hospital or hospital system. Then you can get your 6 months experience and try to transfer to the hospital. I wouldn't let them know that this is your plan, but it's what I did and now I am happily employed at a hospital. I hated it, but I got my experience.
    Last edit by Daliadreamer on Feb 24, '11
  10. by   Daliadreamer
    And don't risk your license either!
  11. by   jesuslovesme

    Good idea, finding a nursing home affiliated with a hospital. I already have one in mind. By the way I plan to stay for at least a year. Most jobs I am seeing in hospitals require 1 year of experience.


    I will look into nursing positions in the South Suburbs. Thanks!
  12. by   sethasaurus
    Have you check out/applied to Weiss Memorial Hospital? They have a pretty good job board (Chicago Nursing Jobs) you should look at if you're interested.

    Just scanning through there it doesn't look like many of the nursing jobs require "x" amount of years to apply.
  13. by   jesuslovesme
    Thank you I will check them out.
  14. by   MommyToLiam
    Any luck with job hunting yet? Try not to get discouraged (hard as that is). It's difficult everywhere to find a job - my husband has been out of FT work for 2 1/2 years and my aunt just went back after 2 years. Now, as far as advice on finding a RN job, I recommend networking, networking, networking, and persistence. I am a fairly new RN (graduated Dec 2009) and started applying to jobs in NW Indiana and Chicago in Oct 2009. I applied for 35 jobs and only got 2 calls for interviews. Both places I got in b/c of hospital one of my clinical instructors worked there PT and put in a good word for me; the other one my mother was networking for me while she was getting her chemotherapy treatment for her breast cancer!!! I ended up meeting a manager who emailed HR and I landed the interview and BOOM - I had a job! Think outside the box - maybe it's not a family or friend of yours, but maybe a friend of a friend. A lot of places give bonuses for referrals too so there's somthing in it for both of you. GOOD LUCK!!!

    P.S. I just switched jobs this month and I got in b/c one of my best friends from nursing school sent my resume and cover letter directly to her manager. It's not what you know, but who you know.