Originally posted by colleen10:
I am currenlty applying to nursing schools to get my associate RN ( I all ready have a BS in Science). A local school is running a scholorship program where they will pay for your tuition, books, uniforms, etc. as you progress through their two year RN program but you have to sign a contract that says you will work for their hospital for two years upon graduation and passing of license exam.
I have an informational interview with them in a few weeks and wanted to know what questions you think I should ask them in regards to this.
Also, has anyone else out there gone through a similar program?
I'm not saying this might happen to you, but just adding it to let you be aware to take great care, ask a lot of questions, and get it all in writing. I have an OB/GYN friend who got into one of those programs, as he was in a situation, where he really needed the assistance right after medical school. He was promised a location in an area, that he, and his family would like to set up practice in after he finished his obligations to the program. Unfortunately, this isn't what happened. He was sent to a very isolated area, where his children's education suffered, and it wasn't at all the kind of place they would ever have wanted to stay in. So he, and his new wife, who's a surgeon, decided to leave there, and go into practice, and pay the money back, that was owed. Again, unfortuantely, that wasn't the way it worked out. He was told, that with penalties, the amount added up to well over $500,000.00, with penalties continuing to be added!!! In fact they let him know, that there was NO amount, that they would accept, except for his continued participation in the program, as agreed! So he closed his practice, returned to the program, and was sent to a place he totally hated! This was an interacial couple, who was sent to a small town, with a very unenlighten outlook. His wife had stay in the Northwest, while he would travel back, and forth from the Southeast, on weekly basis!!! He described this program as being "a meat hook in my back". He finally was able to find a loophole which allowed him out of the program, after the program continued not provide him with what was promised. So be careful, and hopefully you will have much better success then he did. Best of Luck to you in reaching your goal.
[This message has been edited by Brownms46 (edited March 21, 2001).]