Working for hospitals pay nursing expenses?

  1. A classmate of mine told me that if one worked at a hospita, that hospital would reimburse nursing tuition. Is this true? if so, how does one get into it without being an RN first?
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  3. by   crnawant2be
    the human resource dept at the local hospital can help. I'm giving $1,500.00 each sem. in return I will work Prn as a nurse tech and 6 months as a rn once I grad.
  4. by   EricJRN
    You got it! Many, many hospitals do this now. Even if you're working in a non-clinical position (say as an administrative assistant), hospitals will often reimburse your tuition. Some will have reimbursement limits, often around $2500/yr.

    I worked as a blood donor technician for a large hospital while I was in nursing school and they reimbursed my tuition. It was an excellent way to break into the hospital environment, meet some good contacts, and get help paying for school.

    Good luck to you with your plans!
  5. by   hospitalstaph
    Many of the hospitals will also offer scholarships if you promise to work for them after graduation. One near me offers $2000 per semester for a one year commitment. (and you don't need to work for them during school)

    T
  6. by   Daytonite
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    a classmate of mine told me that if one worked at a hospital, that hospital would reimburse nursing tuition. is this true? if so, how does one get into it without being an rn first?
    yes. it is called tuition reimbursement and is a benefit of employment just like getting medical insurance coverage or dental coverage when you are an employee. each institution puts their own rules and restrictions on it. in some places i've worked, the amount you were reimbursed was based on the final grade you got in the class you took. in others you had to show that you were registered at the school as working toward a nursing degree or the classes had to relate to your job in some way.

    there are also facilities that will sometimes pay your full tuition if you sign an agreement to work as an rn for the hospital for 2 or 3 years after graduation. i know of one hospital here in california that does that and even gives you priority status on the waiting list to get into the rn nursing classes for this program because the hospital is so desperate for rns. one way to find hospitals that offer this kind of full payment of nursing school tuition program is to contact your state board of nursing since this kind of reimbursement involves thousands of dollars of tuition and the state board will usually know about it.
  7. by   Nurse-To-Be-Joy
    My local hospital offers to pay all nursing expenses (but does not give a specific amount). But you have to give them 5 years of service for 2 years of reimbursement. Definately not for me.
  8. by   Christinmomof3nrs2be
    The hospital that my school is affiliated with, will give you $2000 a semester, if you don't work for them in nursing school, and $3000 if you do. In return you agree to give them 1 year (after graduation) for each semester they pay for. I asked them what happened if you had to move or something and weren't able to to work for them the 4 years. They told me that was fine, the amount that was left to work off, would just turn into a low intrest loan, and you would pay it back like any other loan. They also said that alot of people that have to move make sure they take a good position with a sign on bonus, and pay it back with the sign on bonus. As for getting in the hospital with out being an RN, there are lots of jobs in the hospital that are RNs. I'd contact HR and find something that you could do now. HTH
  9. by   Gr8ful C
    Hmmm...I wonder if they would let a Canadian in on that deal?
    When I was in California recently I met someone who works for a big hospital and she gave me her card and said call me when you're done school! LOL SHe says they're so desparate for nurses they offer huge signing bonuses and good wages for a 2 year contract. That got dh and I scheming to spend a couple of years down there after I grad (in 2010!)

    Has anyone heard of this kind of deal offered to someone studying out of state or out of country? Can I just look up any old hospital and email their HR department and ask? Any suggestions?

    C
  10. by   Daytonite
    Quote from gr8ful c
    hmmm...i wonder if they would let a canadian in on that deal?
    when i was in california recently i met someone who works for a big hospital and she gave me her card and said call me when you're done school! lol she says they're so desparate for nurses they offer huge signing bonuses and good wages for a 2 year contract. that got dh and i scheming to spend a couple of years down there after i grad (in 2010!)

    has anyone heard of this kind of deal offered to someone studying out of state or out of country? can i just look up any old hospital and email their hr department and ask? any suggestions?

    c
    i don't know about letting you in on the deal for the tuition reimbursement, but i did work for a hospital in california that recruited and had work contracts with canadian nurses. how they went about doing this i do not know. however, there were about 12 canadian nurses who they contracted for with full wages and the hospital provided very nice apartments for them to live in while they worked at our hospital. each nurse was assigned to various units of the hospital. one was assigned to our medical unit on our shift and we got to know her very well. she was a riot to work with and we really enjoyed listening to her tell us about the differences between canada and u.s. hospitals. i imagine her recruitment was accomplished through the hospital nurse recruiter. i suppose one place to start would be to contact the various u.s. state boards of nursing or one of the traveling nurse agencies. most areas of the u.s. are hurting for full time staff nurses that some hospitals are probably willing to work deals like this. i was recently in the hospital as a patient and all the rns i came into contact with were agency rns except for one. i was flabbergasted. whatever happened to staff nurses? have things gotten so bad that nurses don't want to be regular employees anymore? i suppose another way to go is to just apply for a u.s. work visa.

    i would imagine that being from another country, most u.s. colleges are going to charge you a higher tuition fee than they do residents of the u.s. most of them seem to do that. however, if you come to the u.s., marry a u.s. citizen, get a green card or become a citizen. . . . .the tuition for california residents in the community colleges is only $26 a credit hour--a real bargain in anybody's pocketbook. i believe there is still one or two states where tuition in their community colleges is free to their citizens, but i do not know which states these are.
  11. by   smattles1of2
    Are these parttime jobs? I don't see how I can work and go to nursing school fultime
  12. by   narcissistic
    So okay, what would the procedures be in going this route? Because for me, right now it's impossible to finacially support myself and become a nurse. It's too expensive. Another hurdle is my grades. My community college (southern cali) only accepts the straight A students and with Chemistry, Anatomy 101, Math 96 at my course load plus a job, I don't feel confident to achieve straight A's, and I feel discouraged. Would working for a hospital give me a chance to be overlooked in terms of not having straight A's and pay?
  13. by   Gr8ful C
    I would imagine that being from another country, most U.S. colleges are going to charge you a higher tuition fee than they do residents of the U.S. Most of them seem to do that.
    Actually, I'm going to school in Canada, but I want to work in the US for a couple of years at some point after graduation. This is why I'm wondering if any hospitals or agencies might be desperate enough for nurses to make a tuition/work deal with me. That way I'd get some tuition help and have a guaranteed job for 2 years after grad! That sort of thing doesn't exist in Canada.[MOUSE]always scheming![/MOUSE]
  14. by   boyfactory
    There are different options available, depending on where you look. Many places will offer tuition reimbursement to an employee who is attending school. Now, read the fine print, some schools will reimburse based on the grades you receive - An A 100%, a B 90%, and no pass, no pay, etc.

    The school I went to was a hospital based program. They had a tuition benefit program. If you opted to work for them for 2 years, they would pay your tuition. That did not include your books though.

    Jennifer D.

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