Quote from chuchie
I have heard many stories about the benefits of nursing and how many of them have achieved sign-on bonuses and even as far as where employers have paid off all student loan debt just to work for them for a few years. I have also heard of employment reimbursement from anywhere from 500-2000 dollars. On the flip side I have heard where even experienced RN's havn't been able to get a job. I know that this varys greatly by how much experience you've had and what part of the country you are trying to achieve work in, but can you guys tell me what kind of experience you've had with getting these kinds of benefits and what part of the country you are located approximently? Your help is greatly appreciated.
Well I'm in pa and when I started in 2003 got a $3,000 bonus right after I graduated from nursing school. I was hired while still in school b/c I did my internship at the place I work now. The bonus was for a 1 year comitment. It was administered through the year 3x, 3 months apart. Now I hear it's a $5,000 bonus if you start. BUT b/c I was in school I was able to get a $5,000 tuition reimbersment for a 2 year comittment which payed my entire senior year at college off. I got that in one lump sum. Actually I think it was sent directly to the school but I aready paid it with other loans so I got it back immediately. If I applied earlier for this I could have gotten 2 years remursement for total of $10,000 which would have paid for half of my 4 years at college which is awesome. HOWEVER, I know another hospital near me that had outrageous bonuses for more than $5,000 (I think it was $10,000) for a 2 year comittment but one coworker did this and it was awful. He worked 12hours nights, so 7p-7a, NO secretary, answer the phones, put all orders in the charts your self, not enough aides. Needless to say this guy was cocky about all the money he was making with the bonuses and in 2 months he quit and came back. So not everything with bonuses are good. But technically you could stick it out then leave and keep the bonuses.
I was able to get these benefits after graduating from college for my RN. This was my entirely first nursing job. But it's available to anyone who applies and gets the positions. I don't know if the tuition rembursement is less now.