when john jerzak started nursing school in mid-2006, hospitals were offering $5,000 signing bonuses to nurses who promised to stay in their jobs for a year. predictions that the country faced years of nursing shortages were a "mantra," jerzak said.
the promise of that level of job security was appealing to a guy who had spent decades in a blue-collar airline job and was enduring post-9/11 pay and pension cuts.
"i really felt that it would be like picking low-hanging fruit from a tree, and the choices would be abundant," said jerzak, who is 55 and lives in springfield, delaware county.
what a difference a recession makes.