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Rush University Medical Center Overview

Chicago, IL
5001 to 10000 employees
Health Care Services & Hospitals
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Rush University Medical Center is a not-for-profit, 664-bed academic medical center in Chicago. It is nationally and internationally known for many specialties of care, areas of research and its new hospital building, the Tower.

Mission: Rush University Medical Center is a not-for-profit, 664-bed academic medical center in Chicago. It is nationally and internationally known for many specialties of care, areas of research and its new hospital building, the Tower. ... Read more

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Rush University Medical Center – Why Work With Us?

At Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, you’ll find high-tech and high-touch in perfect harmony – an approach to patient care that has made us a destination for clinicians, professionals and leaders nationwide. You won’t just find a career – you’ll discover a culture and experience that’s earned us national recognition. We’re committed to leading a new era of medicine and innovation in the delivery of patient-centered care.

As part of our team, you’ll discover why our unique combination of research and patient care has earned us national ranking by U.S. News & World Report as well as an ANCC Magnet™ nursing excellence designation for the third consecutive time. Our staff demonstrate an unwavering commitment to patient care, consistently performing at a level that is extraordinary.

Join us and experience a career the way it should be.

Rush is a not-for-profit health care, education and research enterprise comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health.

Rush University Medical Center is our academic medical center that includes a 671-bed hospital serving adults and children, the 61-bed Johnston R. Bowman Health Center and Rush University.

Rush Oak Park Hospital is our community hospital located just seven miles west of our Chicago campus in Oak Park, Illinois. Rush Oak Park Hospital offers numerous specialties of care, some of which are provided by specialists from Rush University Medical Center.

Rush University shares the Medical Center’s campus, and is home to one of the first medical colleges in the Midwest and one of the nation's top-ranked nursing colleges, as well as graduate programs in allied health, health systems management and biomedical research. The Medical Center also offers more than 70 highly selective residency and fellowship programs in medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. Explore a virtual tour of Rush University.

Rush Health is a clinically integrated network of health care providers — primarily hospitals and physicians — whose members work together to improve quality of health care.

For more than 170 years, Rush has been leading the way in developing innovative and often life-saving treatments. Today, Rush is a thriving center for basic and clinical research, with physicians and scientists involved in hundreds of research projects developing and testing the effectiveness and safety of new therapies and medical devices. 

In addition to its mission in patient care, education and research, Rush maintains a strong commitment to the community. Rush reaches out to the Chicago community through such offerings as the Rush Community Services Initiatives Program, an umbrella for several student-led outreach programs designed to address the social and health care needs of residents in neighboring communities. 

Larry J. Goodman, MD, is president and CEO of Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Goodman also serves as president of Rush University, as a principal officer of the Rush Board of Trustees, and as CEO and chairman of the board of the Rush System for Health.

Ours is a unique working experience where the collaboration among our people creates a whole team that is greater than the sum of its parts. Our philosophy is rooted in our core values of Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect and Excellence. These values are the true source of our inspiration, as we create a workplace that is focused on making the best decisions for our patients. Watch as one of our RN staff describes the care she provides her patients.


Diversity at Rush

Since opening our doors in 1837, inclusion has been at the center of our work - for our patients, for our staff, and for our community. In addition to an illustrious history of medical firsts, we have been at the forefront of policies that truly make a difference in the lives of the people who work here. For over three decades, the Rush approach to equal opportunity and diversity has not wavered. It is that equal opportunity and diversity in employment, education and the delivery of health care are essential and must be furthered. We invite you to explore Rush University Medical Center's commitment to diversity, equal opportunity and inclusiveness.


Veterans at Rush

At Rush University Medical Center, we're here to help veterans and their families transition from military to civilian life. We want veterans to feel our support and find the tools they need to succeed. To complete this mission, we're working in collaboration with government agencies and the business community to give back to the veterans returning home from service. In 2014, Rush opened The Road Home Program, The Center for Veterans and their Families dedicated to supporting veterans and their loved ones facing the challenges of life after deployment. Learn more about how Rush supports veterans. 

Rush Benefits:

We encourage and support our employees to be healthy, secure and happy in their careers and in their lives.

At Rush, we offer a full range of employee benefits including:

  • Four Medical Plans
  • Two Dental Plans
  • Comprehensive Vision Plan
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Transportation Management Account
  • Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Employee Education Opportunities
  • Paid Time Off
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Discount Program
  • On-site Child Care

Student Tuition Reimbursement - External Degree:

Full-time employees are eligible for tuition assistance up to $5,000.00 per calendar year. Part-time benefit employees are eligible for up $2,500.00 per calendar year 

Employability Enhancement:

This covers a course or training program that does not lead to a degree but supports current and future career skills. All full-time and part-time benefits eligible permanent employees are eligible for tuition reimbursement - up to $500 per fiscal year for part-time and up to $1,000 per fiscal year for full-time.

Rush University Degree Program:

All full-time employees are eligible for prepaid tuition up to 9 credit hours per quarter. Part-time benefits eligible employees are eligible for prepaid tuition up to 6 credit hours per quarter. This prepaid tuition is for any degree program at the Rush College of Nursing or Rush University.

Rush University Family Tuition Program:

The spouse/partner or a child of any full-time employee is eligible to receive prepaid tuition on up to 9 credit hours in any degree program at the Rush College of Nursing or at Rush University. 

Linking Education and Performance (LEAP):

One of the most effective educational best practice programs at Rush is the Linking Education and Performance (LEAP) program which provides free educational classes such as management training programs and computer training classes to improve skills and performance.

Careers in Nursing

Rush Nursing is proud of a long history of inter-professional collaboration and practice autonomy. Today we continue to serve as the leader for change in nursing practice and transformation of health care, and enjoy a shared governance model that gives nurses a powerful voice. Our staff and leaders are on the frontline of our efforts to provide quality care, receiving ANCC® Magnet designation three consecutive times for making outstanding nursing care the standard. We offer a variety of career opportunities that allow for growth and development, enhanced by ongoing education through Rush University and its top-ranked College of Nursing.

 Why join the nursing team at Rush?

  • Rush offers an outstanding benefits package including a generous tuition assistance program
  • Nurses at Rush have the opportunity to pursue advanced degree training
  • The Nurse Residency Program supports new graduate nurses
  • We offer opportunities to undertake research and fund ongoing education and professional development

Professional Nursing Staff (PNS)

At Rush, the Professional Nursing Staff is our shared governance model, which gives clinical nurses a voice in determining nursing practice, standards and quality of care.

This model, implemented in 1983, reflects the high professional stature of nurses at the hospital. 

The advantages of shared governance are twofold:

  • It empowers nurses to use their clinical knowledge and expertise to develop, direct and sustain our own professional practice
  • It allows nurses to network with colleagues and to collaborate among units and departments

The purpose and mission of Professional Nursing Staff (PNS) is:

  • To provide high-quality and cost-effective nursing care for patients
  • To establish and monitor standards of clinical practice
  • To promote excellence in professional performance among the nursing staff
  • To facilitate the quality of professional life of its members

Careers in Allied Health and Research

In Rush’s Allied Health and Research areas, there’s one key word that has significant meaning – hope. From helping a patient have a voice in life again to discovering new treatments in medicine, you’ll experience the strength in accomplishment. It’s the result of your skills and a culture that’s undeniably passionate about growth.

We offer rewarding careers in a number of areas including:

  • Clinical Research
  • Imaging Services
  • Laboratory Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Respiratory Care
  • Social Work
  • Speech & Language Pathology

Research is thriving at Rush University Medical Center, where investigators are involved in numerous clinical studies to test the effectiveness and safety of new therapies, medical devices and procedures. Explore Research at Rush.

Additional Career Opportunities at Rush

 At Rush, the heart of our mission is to provide outstanding, industry-leading patient care. But it takes more than our nurses, doctors and medical professionals. Being a nationally recognized health care organization requires planning, vision and direction. It also requires the dedication of those behind the scenes to keep our facilities operating at their absolute best.


We offer rewarding careers in a number of areas including:

  • Clerical and Administrative
  • Faculty
  • Finance
  • Food and Nutrition Services
  • HIM/Medical Records
  • Human Resources
  • Information Services
  • Marketing and Communications and Strategic Planning
  • Philanthropy
  • Security Services
  • Skilled Maintenance and additional Support Services areas


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Rush University Medical Center Reviews

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    "Excellent Work Environment & Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Staff RN in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Staff RN in Chicago, IL
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rush University Medical Center full-time (Less than a year)


    Comprehensive and affordable healthcare. They have a health incentive program which cuts insurance costs in half.
    Double the PTO compared to former employers and very minimal MTO.
    So many support staff and systems that if you are coming from a community hospital you will feel like your job is half of what it used to be.
    Dedicated breaks where you actually give up your assignment and can leave the floor.
    Constant innovation and improvement.
    Coworkers are excited to go to work.


    The sheer number of policies can be overwhelming at first, but they are there to protect you and your patients.
    Resident-nurse communication needs improvement, but otherwise there is good interdisciplinary rapport.

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Rush University Medical Center Photos

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Rush University Medical Center Interviews



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    Registered Nurse Interview

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    Accepted Offer
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    I applied online. I interviewed at Rush University Medical Center.


    Started with an interview with human resources and then after followed up with the interview with the managers on the unit end with tour of the unit. Everyone was very welcoming and very excited to interview staff was friendly and leadership was very encouraging.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you went above and beyond to provide excellent patient care?   Answer Question
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Rush University Medical Center Awards & Accolades

  • Bernard A. Birnbaum M.D. Quality Leadership Award, Vizient, 2018
  • Best Places to Work For, Indeed, 2017
  • Magnet Designation in Nursing, American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2016
  • 5 Stars for Quality from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Vizient, 2020
  • Rush University Medical Center Ranked No. 1 for Quality of Care, Vizient, 2019
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