I was wondering if any of you have ever done a service scholarship
. I will be starting an accelerated BSN program this winter and have been offerred a nursing service scholarship that pays for my tuition in exchange for 2 years of working at the hospital. I would be given a list of units that are considered in "need". I can apply to any of the units listed, then I am ranked by the nurse managers and assigned a position. There is no possibility of transferring to another unit "in need", and if I leave the position before 2 years, then I have to pay back the ENTIRE tuition.
Does anyone endorse this type of scholarship or regret doing one? My mother is a nurse, and she is hesitant for me to sign the contract. I don't want to be unhappy for 2 years. I may be lucky and get a unit where I will want to work, but I cannot be guranteed that.
By the way, my tuition is around $22K.
Aug 23, '02
I say go to that hospital and talk to the nurses. If the hospital is a complete dive forget it but if it's tolerable go for it. I have applied to a similar program and am really eager to get accepted.
If it turns out to be absolutely horrible, then leave and pay them. You'd have to pay the tuition if you didn't sign the contract anyway! And look at it this way, think of how much money you're actually making...your salary + the $22k! Not too bad of a deal. It might make it worth the crumby job. If you go to a different hospital you'd be making yours salary - the $22K. Thats really a $44k difference. Hang in there for the 2 yrs, you'll learn what you do or do not what to do with the future of your career!
Last edit by Sarahstudent on Aug 23, '02