New member with a question


Hi all,

I just joined this community which I think is great. I started visiting this site last year, just started nursing school in Jan. of '06. I have a question that I would really like answers to, I am scheduled for an interview soon for a hospital scholarship, I don't know if I should take the offer because if I do, I would have to work for the hospital for three years. I don't know if this is a good idea. So, if anyone has done this before, can you tell me the advantages and mostly, the disadvantages of accepting a scholarship with strings attached.

Secondly, what kind of questions should I expect to be asked, and what questions should I ask?

Thanks for your help all.

Sleepless in Florida.


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Moved to Student Nursing Forum. Anyone care to help our new member out please?

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This is a big one. Me, personally....I chose not to do any such program. That was because I knew I wanted the flexibility once I graduated of working anywhere, and since I have kids, having the flexibility of taking different shifts (times, days of week). I knew that, in my area, the agreement to work for the local hospital(s) would be a minimum of two years, and sometimes up to five, depending on how much $$ they were throwing to the student. And working at a lower rate of pay with little to no say in what or where I worked didn't appeal to me.

Now, for some, the prospect of a guaranteed job AND not having to fork over tons of money is very nice. Depends on your current situation as well as what you'd like for the future.

Again, personally, I say if you can afford to get through school without the work obligation after graduation, do it. I'm sure some others here will have different thoughts :)


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Me again :)

As for what questions you should ask: What is the rate of pay you can expect to receive to start, and how are increases handled (can you expect to see any)? Will you be placed in whatever shift on whatever unit they need you at the time you start, or can you expect to get your first or second (or third) choice of assignment? How long will you be expected to be in any one unit: are they grooming you to stay long-term for one unit, or will you be used "as needed" wherever?

Things to think about.

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Please check out this thread in the Pre-nursing student forum. It has information with links to web sites about interview questions.

The major problem I have heard people who do what you are thinking of getting into is what to do if they don't like the RN work at the hospital once they've graduated. Some had no choice of the unit they got to work on after they got their RN. Other than that, the hospital is taking a big chance on you as well. They have to wait 3 years to realize the fruits of their investment. I worked for a hospital that had one of these plans. Most of the people who were accepted into them, however, were already employees just not RNs. Most were LPNs who were going back to school.


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Hi Chinto - I recently had an interview with a hospital that is affilated with the nursing program I plan to attend (they choose 10 candidates from the pool of nursing students). However, in this case, there is no obligation or commitment, on the part of either party, once the degree is completed. Here are a few of the questions they asked:

1. What department/floor would you most like to work at once you complete the program?

2. What department/floor would you least like to work at?

3. How do you view your working relationship with peers? Supervisors? Subordinates?

4. What do you know about unions?

5. Do you know why we are asking you about unions? (This particular facility is union).

6. Do you expect your work as a nurse to be physically demanding?

7. There was a very vague question regarding family obligations.

I hope that helps somewhat should you decide to go this route!


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In the end I accepted it for the guaranteed job (only hospital within an hour of my home) and because there was no interest to pay back if I changed my mind. I simply pay back the amount of money that was lent to me. Since the money I would have spent on tuition has sat in the bank earning interest throughout these two years I figured it was a win-win situation.


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Thanks to all who responded to my question, your responses helped.

Fun2, BSN, RN

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Hi and welcome to![/bANANA]

I chose to accept a scholarship "with strings attached". For myself, I like the idea of a job waiting. Also, I know if I care to go to work for anther company, I can pay back the money with interest. In that sense, it's not any different than getting a loan to pay for my education.

Good luck in whatever you choose. :D

JR816, BSN, RN

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There are other programs out here to assist with the financial burden of school. First and foremost, financial aid. Check and see if there is a goverment organization that assists as well. I know in my area, Worksource pays for some of my tuition, books, uniforms, and other odd's and ends. They are also paying for the Kaplan review and the NCLEX. I will not owe them anything when all is said and done. They just want to track my emoployment history and see where my degree has taken me.

I read somewhere on a thread about a different organization. It was very similar to mine. Ask the nursing office at school. In any case, when we graduate, we will have many options open up for us. If you take that scholarship, you're options will be limited to the hospital.

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