I was hired into a 5 month critical care residency/training program as a new grad RN (already had my license) that guarantees you placement in one of the areas you rotate through when finished. Now that they are finished training me, the manager of the ICU center is saying if I want to work there I have to sign an 18 month contract because they spent all that money on training me (this could equate to tens of thousands of dollars if they wanted it to). I am miserable here the ICU/hospital is not for me (they have lied and walked all over me this whole time, just every week its a new lie or problem with the residency program...i definitely didn't get the training or experience they promised, they NEVER told me that i was going to be required to work an extra overtime shift every other week until just now, and my health cant afford this overtime and lack of lunches and everything else) this town is not for me (real backwards racist and tired of all my stuff being stolen at my residence)...not the point except it means that I KNOW i will not be staying for 18 months I can barely get through the next 6 without going crazy (this will be my one year mark). Here is the issue:
1. The employer made me sign a 1 year contract when i started ONLY because they gave me $6200 to pay my loans and moving costs...if i leave a DAY before the contract ends I have to pay the ENTIRE money back (in no way is it prorated), plus leave a job without at least 1 year of nursing experience, making getting another job really difficult
2. The employer DID tell me in the interview and in the email during the same time that they wanted an 18 month commitment that started AFTER i completed the residency...however, they said that it was not official, they would not make me sign anything (they are now denying this)..but still they have this over my head because they did tell me about the commitment and have proof of it
There is no way for my health or sanity that I can stay longer, and cant afford to pay back $6200 I have not a single dollar to my name because of loans/bills, but if i sign the new contract I would potentially end up owing more money than i could make in my life (well, close to it)...so far I have been avoiding management because they are telling me I have to put in an official transfer application into the ICU (right now I'm just getting payed from the hospital education department still) and then they will make me sign this contract. Im not here to ask if I'm wrong on my part or the hospital is wrong in their part (I mean I could get into so many details about that but its not what I'm worried about anymore) I just need to know what to do in a situation like this I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place, in order to get out of owing some pretty significant money I may end up owing an ENORMOUS amount of money...please help!