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!- Has anyone been promised a sign-on bonus, Holidays off, personal days at the intervue and then been told after orientation starts that these things were never offered?! This happened to me and I have heard of it happening at another LTC facility, and wonder if this is a trend to get nurses to fill HR hiring quotas.
2- Do Nursing Recruiters get a "bonus" for getting a nurse to sign up?
To answer your questions:
1- Yes it happens, it has not specifically happened to me but I hear of it. Right now, I am in the midst of a job that is not "following through on promises" made by the former DON. It does not involve money but inforces the fact that in order to "get what you want" you need to put it in writing.
In Agency Nursing, I would never take an assignment without promises made and assumed put in writing. I never thought of getting my "regular staff position" duties put in writing.
Now, I am dealing with the harsh reality that I am expected to take call, extra shifts, ya da ya da... and when I so no I am frowned at and worse, etc...
I was told, at orientation, that I would get a new job description when it was made up. Well, a month or so later, when I refused shifts (at night) I was given my job description that included call, nights, a job title I have never discussed (Restorative Nurse and have still have had no training in) and it goes on and on. When I was first shown this "job description, I was asked to sign it and I refused (more frowns and dissapointed looks).
2- Yes, they, the recruiter, gets a "fee" for hiring you. When we are savvy enough and know about these things in advance (like through this wonderful supportive site called AllNurses.com) we can negotiate it as a hiring on bonus.
-- I hope this helps to empower you and helps you to move forward. We all get put into postions now and again that are less then fair. I hope you can turn this around (which is what I am struggling to do) into a success story that you can share with us here.
Let us know how you make out