I recently heard from a colleague that a hospital here in the LA area makes new grads sign contracts prior to orientation. The new grads agree to pay back the cost of their training if they do not complete the orientation period, and it can result in bills of up to $5000. They will be billed if they are not found to be a good fit for the facility, and several of this hospital's most recent cohort have been let go and billed.
I was so shocked by this that I emailed the hospital's HR department, and they confirmed that it's true.
Is this the new norm for hiring new grads?! It is outrageous and shameful to bill new grads, who are likely in debt and who are certainly unemployed, because the job did not work out.
I actually feel that many hospitals need to have this contract in place because they cannot hold onto nurses due to a broken system, under staffing, too high patient to nurse ratio, the bottom line is most important, etc. I signed a 2 year contract as new grad and I am not a young new grad as a 40 year old. Never again will I sign a contract with any company because now I realize it is because hospitals just don't treat their nurses well and the bottom line is priority one - ultimately retention is a problem. They know they will not be able to hold onto these nurses so rather than fix what is broken so they can keep new nurses, charge the nurses who leave. The previous new cohort from my hospital of new grads have all quit except for one and moved on to other similar positions because they felt it was worthwhile to pay $5000 back.
Last edit by HelloWish on Jan 16