Quote from alyson1234
I don't want to ruin my chances of getting a job after all of my hard work, but the idea of having to pay thousands of dollars-- well, I don't like it!
A lease isn't really a voluntary contract as it's very hard to find a place to live without one.
However, most employment doesn't require a legal contract, so you may not be afforded any protection there.
You still have a year to go in school, so we're talking almost 3 years from now before the contract would be fulfilled. I'm guessing you may be moved before then. Is the money you'd pay a flat rate, or pro-rated? Meaning, would you pay less after a year vs after a month?
You'd need to factor in that potential cost vs the potential benefits. You don't like the idea of reimbursing thousands, they don't like the idea of spending even more than that hiring and training a new nurse who then leaves.
You can go ahead and apply so you can learn the financial details (or squeeze it out of your friends), but you may be better off focusing your efforts elsewhere.