I'd like to hear your experiences (good or bad) if you've received one of these scholarships
. I recently interviewed for a few of them, but I'm considering withdrawing my applications for a number of reasons. First of all, the scholarship
coordinators from the different hospitals in the area are apparently friends, and I found out during one of the interviews that they all got together to discuss the students who applied. I think that this is very unethical because I was led to believe that the information in my application is confidential and would not be shared with outsiders. If one hospital knows that a student also applied to another, doesn't that kinda hurt the student's chances of being selected by either?
The other thing is that the amount of money they are giving you really isn't that much anyway. I'm thinking that I'd do better to continue to work part-time and just pay my way through school. Then I could apply for a job anywhere I want and I wouldn't have to worry about a 2-year committment to anyone after I finish nursing school.
I've also found out from recent graduates who took these scholarships last year that the hospitals hired them at a lower rate per hour than what they pay to new grads who were not a part of the scholarship program. The hospitals claim that hire rates depends on the prevailing market average at the time of hire. But, the more I look into this the more it looks like just another scam to me. I mean, why would I work for them for 2 or 3 dollars an hour less than what I could be making elsewhere as a new grad?
I also thought that some of the interviewers on the panel were rude. There were a couple of them who asked questions that I thought were way too personal and none of their business but I deflected them very tactfully anyway. For the most part they act like they are doing the applicants a favor when its really the other way around. They make it very clear during the interview that if you accept the scholarship money you will be required to work nights and or weekends only, and all their openings are strictly med-surg so if you wanted to work in any other nursing area you can just forget about that while you're under contract. I'm being very cautious about accepting their money if I am selected because the last thing I want is to be stuck in a miserable employment contract for 2 years.
Please tell me about your experiences. I'd like to hear more before I decide whether to withdraw my apps or not.
May 7, '04
[QUOTE=purplemania]I find it strange that we can talk about the hospital's personnel, policies, payscales---but they cannot talk about us. HMMMMMMMMM
I think Tony35NYC has a right to be concerned that people who interviewed him at those hospitals are getting together to talk about him--not just talk---who knows, drag out paper work to glance over, etc. Interviewees are free to talk about things that happen during an interview (whether they take the job/scholarship or not) because inteviewees can get put through the RINGER. Interviewers hold most of the power, and get treated respectfully most of the time. People can talk about payscales, personnel, etc. all they want---unless they've signed paperwork stating they cannot. Interviewers getting together to collude and drive down a wage/offer is scummy and possibly illegal. I think it's all about intent--blowing off steam over how you were treated versus corporate big-wigs getting together discuss your situation and how best they can take advantage of you.
Last edit by Nikki730 on May 7, '04
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