Nursing recruitment efforts?

  1. A friend of mine, who is an LPN, was telling me that she was offered a brand new 2003 jeep cherokee and help with financing a new home if she would work at some hospital in florida! eek: I could not believe it! could this mean some people are paying attention to the shortage??!!
    Anyway, I was interested in finding out if there are other places like this, has anyone else heard of any outstanding recruitment efforts for nurses?I would love to hear from you!Thanks-Tara
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  3. by   twarlik
    Originally posted by nursetl2002
    A friend of mine, who is an LPN, was telling me that she was offered a brand new 2003 jeep cherokee and help with financing a new home if she would work at some hospital in florida!
    Where in Florida????
  4. by   roxannekkb
    i have heard of all kinds of recruitment efforts, but the bottom line is--what kind of working conditions will she be faced with? How long does she have to stay at the hospital to reap the rewards? There is often a catch with these things, and handing out gifts does not make for a good job. At the end of the day, you may have your new car and bonus, but have to care for 15 patients a shift, have to beg and grovel for overtime (which is mandatory), and so on.

    These are not outstanding recruitment efforts. Outstanding recruitment efforts take the form of offering a job with good pay, good benefits, and safe and decent working conditions for both the nurse and patients. That is the bottom line.

    The gifts, the bonuses, the hype--these are not cures for the shortage. They are short term eye candy, which are meaningless if these hospitals do not improve anything else. Hospitals have been offering rewards, bonuses, and so on, since the 1970s, every time a shortage crops up. And the reason we are having shortages right now is because working conditions have deteriorated, not improved. If in 1970, hospitals took it upon themselves to elevate nursing to a highly respected well paid profession--and nurses themselves stood up for themselves, their rights, their patients, and demanded decent pay, respect and safe working conditions--there would be no shortage right now.:kiss
    Last edit by roxannekkb on Jun 18, '03
  5. by   dosamigos76
    In Las Cruces, New Mexico (yes, that's in the US), the hospital was offering RN's, LPN's and CNA's $5,000 sign-on bonuses and $5,000 to help purchase a house. It was in our paper.......
    Cheryl
  6. by   Repat
    HOORAY roxannekkb!!!! Couldn't have said it better myself!
  7. by   purplemania
    I would be leery of big sign-ons. What is the catch??
  8. by   SLORRN
    One hospital in Florida offered a recruitment bonus of $600/mo. for a 2 year contract ($14,400). The competing hospital counteroffered $650/mo. ($15,600) for a 2 year contract. You can guess what happened. The local newspaper called it the Great Nurse Trade-off.
  9. by   funnygirl_rn
    [i]Originally posted by roxannekkb

    These are not outstanding recruitment efforts. Outstanding recruitment efforts take the form of offering a job with good pay, good benefits, and safe and decent working conditions for both the nurse and patients. That is the bottom line.

    --My thoughts exactly!

    The gifts, the bonuses, the hype--these are not cures for the shortage. They are short term eye candy, which are meaningless if these hospitals do not improve anything else.
    --YEP!
  10. by   sonnie
    I guess it all depends on whether you want to be known as cheep but not easy or easy but not cheep!!:
  11. by   Shamrock
    Sounds too good to be true! Do you have to sell your soul to
    you know who??
  12. by   NsgTiger
    I know of a hospital that offered $15,000 sign-on. Catch: it's a 4 year sign on. Yikes! I hardly know what I am doing next month, much less 4 years from now.
  13. by   teeituptom
    Lets Clarify one thing Yes I am easy, but I am very expensive.
  14. by   EmeraldNYL
    Some hospitals in my area are offering 15-20 grand loan repayment to new grads for a 3 year committment. Sounds good to me, since I have loans out the whazoo!!! I've heard of nurse anesthetists being offered cars, but never a regular staff nurse.

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