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- Jan 22, '06 by PitbullgirlI was told that my 6-month internship would be mainly training to circulate. However, the manager in charge of the internship said she "hoped" to have a 3-month scrub class down the road, maybe in the fall. I hope so, and wish my internship included a definite scrub component like Inspir8tion says she gets during her internship. I'll just cross my fingers and also encourage the other interns to request the scrub class.
- Jan 22, '06 by grimmy[color="darkslategray"]my facility (where you are required to learn to scrub and circulate) does not have contracts - the incentives to stay are bonuses paid out over the course of 2.5 years. a different mentorship program had a contract with an initial bonus where, if you did not stay at least 2 years, you had to pay back the bonus. while this would probably be ok if i had a strong familiarity with the program and facility, and my personal life was such that i wouldn't necessarily have to move at a moment's notice. i did have a friend that was married to someone in the military, and the nature of the military is "we tell you to go, and you go." this sort of contractual obligation didn't sit well with her, either.
- Jan 22, '06 by hondurenaThank you all for the replies very informative, its interesting to know how things vary form facility to facility. For those of you who do not have commitments or money paybacks i am envious--- study hard and learn all that you can about perioperative nursing, i am sure you guys will do well in your new position. My story is a bit different where we were asked to sign a contract one month after we began the orientation--- a bit underhanded i must say. I've been in the OR 5 months and so far 6 nurses have resigned from the OR including the "nurse educator" no consistent preceptor and the program is a bit shaky. I smelled something funny the day i signed on but i was so desperate for the experience i jumped on board. I know i will not stay at this facility for 2yrs + 9 mos (payback time) so i will have to chuck up the change $7,500 but i'm sure my freedom will be well worth it meaning i can work per diem and not be on "lock down" from mon-fri 7a-3:30p
- Jan 30, '06 by duli03Quote from hondurenaThis question is for those starting or orientation ladyt618 and nocrumping but anyone with input please respond. Are you required to pay back any money to the facility should you decide not to complete the orientation or stay for > 3 years?
I am going to start a perioperative program in Feb. There are 6 of us starting and we are not required to pay any money back or agree to work for a specified period of time, although, at the end of the orientation we are not guaranteed a job in the OR, if they don't like us we are out. We have to sign a contract stating we agree to this. We also have to pay for our own books.