if you can find other postings from me, i have written very long explanations about all the major hospital systems down here but i will give you the readers digest version. no, um does not have any union shops, union is a dirty word. no. um does not have a program to pay off their accelerated program in 2 years at a partner hospital. that would be baptist who will pay for you to go to fiu or miami dade and if you chose to go to um or barry, i went to um and worked at baptist at the same time, they will give you a 7500$ scholarship, if you are chosen, and you agree to work for a hospital in the baptist network for 1 year following graduation. jackson memorial, who is a sister hospital and partner of universityof miami miller school of medicine, sylvester comprehensive cancer center, university of miami hospital(formerly cedars), and bascom palmer eye institute=all of that huge complex together with the mailman institute for pediatric medicine, the debbie school for elementary and early education, papnicolau institute for cancer research, the diabetes research institute and the lois pope life center will all soon be referred to as miami medicine. kendall regional is referred to, down here, as killing kendall. jmh may have outdated equipment but the best minds in the world go there to study and more money is going in every day and as far as training, the military trains their medical people there. baptist is a tight knit family that can stiffle a person after a while. they claim to be all for education but they are not supportive of you unless you do things "the baptist way". um has tuition remission. after you work there for a certain amount of time, you pay for tuition and they pay you back, for everything except md and jd, i think. so while the pay for nurses may not be as competitive as in other institutions, um offers opportunity for learning, training and being around some of the greatest scientific developments of out time.and baptist will not be recognized outside of south florida but um/jackson/sylvester is known all over the world. it all depends on what you want from your career. i hope i was helpful.