Well....I DID take a sign-on bonus. I will get $7500. paid out over 3 years. I don't have to stay there and I don't have to pay any back if I leave early.
I also get good benefits, good working conditions, great co-workers.....so far
and better opportunity to utilize my nursing skills.
I worked LTC for......TOO LONG....yes, I took a pay cut, about $0.50 an hour. Still not making what I think I should, but not all places pay $15 to $40 an hour. Boy we would surly NOT have a problem if we had that kind of pay. We would also be out 'fighting' for jobs as there would be 'too many' nurses....think about the reverse situation.
I don't feel 'guilty' about taking the bonus....I actually didn't learn about it until the interview. Hey, if they offer it, I'll take it. They also paid off all of my outstanding student loans and will pay my tuition each semester...
Not everywhere is going to be our 'dream' job and we will never be paid what we are worth...not enough money in the world for that. Yes, we work to be paid, but to me, that is not all the reason that I go to work each week.