Indianapolis hospitals that pay for grad school?

  1. Hi, I am thinking of moving to the Indianapolis in 1-2 years to be closer to fiance's family and was wondering if anyone knew of specific hospitals that pay 100% or at least 6 hours/semester for graduate NP/CNS tuition. Around here all the hospitals directly affiliated with university's pay the whole $ if you go to their affiliated grad school whereas the rest just pay like 2-4K/year which doesn't end up covering much of the year's tuition. Of course I would like to work somewhere great, but at this point with my huge payment for my undergrad loans I just can not see taking out lots more loans for grad school (since I defninitely wouldn;t end up making lots more $ than as a staff nurse). I have tried calling a couple hospitals to find out what they offer, but they have all been very tight lipped saying it would be discussed if I were to interview.

    So, if you know of anywhere that pays essentially the full-ride for grad school (at their affiliated school or others), please post the hospital name and any details you know. Or if you have details about how much tuition reimbursement for Grad school others hospitals offer please post that.

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  3. by   tonicareer
    Indiana is a poverty state - I just don't think any hospitals here will pay for grad school. I don't think most will pay for anything.
  4. by   new_mom26
    How is Indiana a poverty state? :uhoh21:
  5. by   Innurse78
    I work for a huge Internal Medicine group, have for almost 3 years now. I am an LPN w/15 years experience. Moved from Canada here 5 years ago.
    My wages have been excellent here!
    I am treated very good at work with super excellent benefits.
    How can anyone say this is a poverty state?
    Americans have it much better here than in Canadians that are stuck with socialized medicine!
    I have experienced excellent, speedy health care here. Cost of living is low, wages are great. Only thing I could ask for is more consistant weather.
    PS: My employer is paying 90% of my education costs as I bump up to ASN.
    The hospital here also pays for continued education for their nurses.
  6. by   WickedRedRN
    I don't think it is fair to say it is a poverty state. Every hospital I have looked at in terms of employment offer some type of tuition assistance or reimbursement. Even the State Hospitals offer tuition reimbursement! Granted there are limits at some facilities, but most of the large hospital systems have excellent tuition benefits.

    And I say this having lived and worked in northern indiana (for the state hospitals no less), central indiana and currently relocating to southern indiana.

    RN05, what you are looking for is out there, you just need to check out some of the hospitals online. They all post info about benefits. If you want, pm me and I can send you some links.

    Best of luck to you!
  7. by   tonicareer
    Most of Indiana is rural/small town. Very low wages and no tuition paid for. Now maybe Indy or near Chicago pays better - but most of Indiana is suffering economically. Very few LPN programs or RN programs - most of those very expensive and competitive to get in to. I know LPN's making 7 dollars an hour and RN's making 9. They can't move because they are married and long commutes don't work when you have a family and high gas prices and bad weather. If you are making good money that is great - but plenty of people in Indiana are not making good money. Why not specifically give us the names and websites of these hospitals that pay tuition? Tell us what you earn and where you went to school? Give us details. Inquiring minds want to know.
  8. by   new_mom26
    I didn't know that Lpn's and Rn's in indiana were only making between $7 and $9 an hour... Wow, maybe I am going to college for the wrong thing!! I checked last week and IU kokomo does NOT have a waiting list for their nursing program and neither does University of Indianapolis and if you look around there are probably more schools that don't have waiting lists.. Did you ever think that in order to get into these nursing programs that you have to work for it and its not something that is just automatically given to you.. They make it competitive on purpose b/c they only want the best in the program and want you to finish.. They don't want to waste their time if your going to fail or drop out b/c thats not fair to someone else who could have been in that spot that deserves to be there. If you really want to go to nursing school then you will find a way to pay for it.. Why not get a student loan (one that you have to pay back!) so you can get your education.. Come on, its a loan that will help you to better yourself and something that is worth the money.. An education is priceless!! There is another person who posts on here and she took out a loan for $10,000 so she could get her R.N. I just honestly feel that if you want an education that bad you would take out a loan or find a way to pay for it.. There are sooooooo many financial aid options out there regardless of your income or if you already have a degree or not..
    Last edit by new_mom26 on Jun 22, '05
  9. by   Innurse78
    I live in Bloomington and there are no nurses here that make that low of wage.
    All the nursing home wages start at around 20.00/hr for LPN's and 25-27.00/hr for RN's.
    Doctors offices here start at 12.50 for LPN's and 18/hr for RN's.
    Gosh, I even checked up north in Gary and Fort Wayne and their wages are VERY good for nurses!
    There are tons of jobs here for nurses and CNA's. The CNA's here make about 8.00/hr to start and their training is included if they start work in one of the nursing homes around here...........and then they bump up to around 10/hr after graduation. Thery are crying here for nurses and mnost of the time, will hire you on the spot.
    At the local hospital LPN's start at 12.00 and go up from there......shift diff, weekends, by the time your done, you can make around 17-18/hr.
    What about registry nursing? RN's there make 45/hr!!!
    I personally know there are tons of jobs for nurses here in southern/central Indiana. No economic slump here! Thats for sure!
    And I agree with newmom completely...if you want to go to nursing school bad enough, there are always ways to do it. Loans that are deffered until your done school, payment plans, etc etc.
    Ivy tech here is competative for open spots but they DO want the best candidates! And if you want something bad enough, you will get it.
    IU also has openings in their RN program.
    There is a small town called Bedford here and their hospital even offers tuition reimbursment..........
    Keep trying Tonicareer. Nurses DO make more than 7-9 /hr. And if they ARE working for that low of wage, their employers are scamming them. Are they an RN working as a CNA????
    Have you tried Exclesior College yet? They offer a payment plan and financial assistance for their LPN to ASN programs.
  10. by   WickedRedRN
    I grew up in small town Indiana. My family still lives there. My mother is a Nurse Manager at a psych facility, has been there 37+ years. While I cannot tell you what she makes, I do know she has agency nurses working for her at 35.00 per hr. RN's. A local hospital in Indy was just advertising for LPN's 20-24/hr and RN's 30-35/hr in last Sunday's paper.

    I am currently enrolled in Ivy Tech Columbus, LPN program. I chose to go that route for my own varied reasons, the amount of loan I would need to take and time not working being high on that list.

    As for links... Please notice they advise the offer tuition reimbursement programs for ALL employees, not just RN's Clarian...huge in central indiana Offers all kinds of programs
    Scroll to the bottom and look at the notes by each hospital, it tells what they offer.

    It is what you make of it. My family knows this is a sacrifice for us to scale back our lifestyle for a year to allow me to attend school and not work. We have been saving and will be using loans to get through school. There are many employment opportunities for Nursing and non-nursing people in healthcare. Being a dietary worker in a hospital entitles you to the same tuition reimbursment benefits as everyone else in the hospital. LTC facilities offer tuition reimbursement as well.

    I know programs are competitive. I was turned down the first time I applied. But I took more classes, kept my grades up and re-tested on the entrance exams. It all paid off.

    I wish you the best and I hope you find a program that meets your needs as well.

    Peace all!
  11. by   traumaRUs
    I worked at the VA (Roudebush VA Med Center) in Indy from 94 to 96 and I know the VA pays for grad school. Am unsure about other hospitals. I truly enjoyed Indy - we lived there for four years and had a very nice house in the Castleton are (northeast part of the city). We moved to Peoria, IL and it has much less to offer but even here our hospital pays for grad school if you attend the affiliated nursing college. I've lived many places (all over the world in fact) and every place has pluses and minuses. You make it either a good place or a bad place.
  12. by   KacyLynnRN
    Oh that is so wrong...I was an LPN, just finished RN school, and if you work hard enough and work for the right organization, you can get most of your school paid for!!
  13. by   Roland
    Having previously owned a mortgage company that marketed to the whole state (meaning that I drove to people's houses all over the state) I can tell you that there are economically depressed areas. Examples would be the French Lick/Paoli area down South. That said even in those communities you would be hard pressed to find an RN making less than $14.00 per hour. In Indianapolis, my wife earned $25.00/hr with a $5,000 bonus the day she walked out of nursing school with her ASN. I'm still in nursing school and earn between $12 and $15.00 per hour as a home health aide depending on the shift.

    High gas prices shouldn't discourage someone earning lower wages from commuting. For example someone who lives in Terra Haute who earns $12.00/hour might say that Indianapolis (an hour each way) was too far to commute. However, if he/she could instead earn $18.00/hr in Indy that translates to about $750.00 in additional income each month. The extra gas and car maintenance might run you $200.00 per month still more than a $500.00 each month in extra income. In addition, I was always struck by families living in near poverty conditions in rural areas (where jobs were sparce and pay was low) who wouldn't even consider commuting or even perhaps moving. There is great opportunity in this nation and state if you are willing to take advantage of it. Currently, I commute two hours each way to nursing school. No one ever said that it was supposed to be easy.

    Also, I know that Saint Vincents, Community Hospitals, Saint Francis, and Clarion all have tuition reinbursement programs (these are all Marion County/Indy area facilities).
  14. by   SamNurse80
    I know that clarian has a good tuition reimbursement program