New graduate opportunities

  1. Hi, everybody. I'm new to this forum. I am nursing student and will be graduating in May '07. I'm considering moving to the Chicago area. I really do not know anything about Illinois state, so I will like to know about any new graduate RN programs available, the best hospitals to work for, the starting pay for new graduate RN's and the cost of living. Also, what is the best time to start looking for a job. I'll appreciate any information pertaining this post. Thanks
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  3. by   SillyLilly
    Hello!

    As far as programs go, look into Illinois Masonic Hospital. They have an RN residency program. Heard it is great, though I did not apply for it. They are part of the advocate system. They will send you info.

    I graduated last may. Some students started applying in April, got hired, and started in June or July. (license pending.) Some applied after they took the nclex. It is all up to you. Most hospitals accept license pending nurses. Most accept ADN and any new grads with open arms.

    Starting pay.... i see from 22-24 starting days, with a few bucks differentials for evenings, nights and weekends. I saw one place at 23.50 days, 2 dollar night, plus 2 dollar weekend differentials. (i dont work yet bc of injury-so i cannot tell you much else)

    Cost of living here I heard is expensive. I live here, so to me it is normal!!
    If you live in one of Chicago's fabulous neighborhoods (wrigleyville, lakeview, lincoln park, etc) it is expensive, jam packed, and parking is hell--though there is lottsss going on.

    If you live in the burbs, or northwest side of the city, its better (at least thats what i think). The city is huge and has lots of opportunities. Each area is different. Go to chicago's craigslist.com, also... you can meet some cool people from chicago, look at apt rentals, etc.

    Good luck. Chicago is aweeessommmmeeeee.
  4. by   mims81
    Hi, thanks a lot for the info, I really appreciate it.

    Quote from SillyLilly
    Hello!

    As far as programs go, look into Illinois Masonic Hospital. They have an RN residency program. Heard it is great, though I did not apply for it. They are part of the advocate system. They will send you info.

    I graduated last may. Some students started applying in April, got hired, and started in June or July. (license pending.) Some applied after they took the nclex. It is all up to you. Most hospitals accept license pending nurses. Most accept ADN and any new grads with open arms.

    Starting pay.... i see from 22-24 starting days, with a few bucks differentials for evenings, nights and weekends. I saw one place at 23.50 days, 2 dollar night, plus 2 dollar weekend differentials. (i dont work yet bc of injury-so i cannot tell you much else)

    Cost of living here I heard is expensive. I live here, so to me it is normal!!
    If you live in one of Chicago's fabulous neighborhoods (wrigleyville, lakeview, lincoln park, etc) it is expensive, jam packed, and parking is hell--though there is lottsss going on.

    If you live in the burbs, or northwest side of the city, its better (at least thats what i think). The city is huge and has lots of opportunities. Each area is different. Go to chicago's craigslist.com, also... you can meet some cool people from chicago, look at apt rentals, etc.

    Good luck. Chicago is aweeessommmmeeeee.
  5. by   dreamer0908
    that post is very informational.i myself will be graduating april 2007. im from the philippines. I intend to work in ilinois if given the chance. would anybody know of the requirements, being a foreign educated nurse?.

    any reply would be sincerely appreciated
  6. by   msnica81
    Im graduating in May '07 also. Im currently going to school in Indiana and planning on working in a Chicago hospital. I was looking everywhere on the internet to see if chicago hospitals hire license pending grad students. I also was looking for starting pay in Chicago. Thanks so much for posting that info....

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