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    This 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?
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    Mine was 2 years, and we were obligated to pay back if we left early.
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    I start my 6-mos OR internship March 6th and am supposed to sign a 1-yr commitment beyond the internship. I'm not sure of the consequences of breaking the commitment since I haven't actually signed anything yet, but since I received a scholarship from this hospital for school, I AM obligated to pay them back with 18 mos service, so at least in that respect I would owe them money.

    BTW, I know some hospitals will buy out a scholarship since it turns into a loan if you leave early, so maybe the same thing could be done with the contract. Something to look into, if you're that unhappy. Good luck.
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    Marie i'm assuming that you scub as an LPN in that respect RNs, LPNs, and ORTs function the same (scrubbing)--- once you get your RN should you remain in the OR you will just be oriented to the role of circulator. I scrubbed for about 4.5yrs as an LPN and now i'm an RN but my facility is "orienting" me to scrub and circulate and require payback if i dont stay for 2 years after orientation. I was just curious about paybacks the hosp where i got my LPN/scrub experience from did not require any commitments.
    thank you both for your reply
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    Quote from hondurena
    This 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?
    No, I signed no contract, but when I asked if I was required to, the recruiter said "no, but you are "expected" to stay for the full orientation and keep a full time position for at least 2 years" I take that as no, I dont have to pay it back if I leave.
    Now you got me thinking, should I ask specifically? Wouldnt they make me sign something if that were the stipulations??
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    Quote from hondurena
    Marie i'm assuming that you scub as an LPN in that respect RNs, LPNs, and ORTs function the same (scrubbing)--- once you get your RN should you remain in the OR you will just be oriented to the role of circulator. I scrubbed for about 4.5yrs as an LPN and now i'm an RN but my facility is "orienting" me to scrub and circulate and require payback if i dont stay for 2 years after orientation. I was just curious about paybacks the hosp where i got my LPN/scrub experience from did not require any commitments.
    thank you both for your reply
    There isn't a payback requirement while traning to be a curculator where i work. Just if you're training to scrub.
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    nope, not where I hired on. There was no time commitment whatsoever.
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    Quote from Marie_LPN
    There isn't a payback requirement while traning to be a curculator where i work. Just if you're training to scrub.
    Marie..... my program is the type where they train to circulate, the AORN periop 101 course, but they also have a new component of it where a tech school teaches us to do the scrub part...now, I am just asking your opinion... if a commitment was required, wouldnt they have allready made me sign something aknowledging that? ( like in HR)They havent, I am allready attending general nursing orientation, since its a new hospital for me.....
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    I haven't been asked to sign anything, at least not yet. I'll be going to fill out the new hire paperwork on Monday. I don't know if that will be included. We shall see.
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    The program at my hospital is 9 months (circulating and scrub). We are required to sign a contract and say we are staying for 2 years to "pay back" their investment. If we decide to leave we are supposed to pay $10,000. I have heard that the contract is not enforceable (per the unions) because even though you are being taught during the program, you are also working. I am scheduled to go through the program in September (unless we move first). I was hoping to go though, then leave. I would likely pay the $10,000 because I would not want to burn any bridges.


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