Due to the nationwide shortage of nurses, many hospitals recruit nurses by offering generous employee benefit packages that include tuition reimbursement, loan forgiveness programs and signing bonuses. Some hospitals go further and give their nursing employees a chance to continue their education through staff-development classes. Some companies may provide stipends to attend professional conferences or provide financial support for employees who decide to seek an advanced nursing degree.

Mayo Clinic

The prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, offers a generous nursing education package. It includes tuition reimbursement, relocation expenses, staff development classes, training programs, education stipends to attend conferences and free on-site daycare if your child is ill or you unexpectedly need daycare. To participate in the Mayo Clinic's program, you must be enrolled at a nursing program at Minnesota State University at Mankato, Rochester Community and Technical College, the University of Minnesota or another approved program in the state.

Mayo Clinic 200 1st Street Southwest Rochester, MN 55905 507-284-2511 mayoclinic.org

Northwest Community Hospital

Located in Arlington Heights, IL, the Northwest Community Hospital consistently ranks as great place to work, thanks to its employee benefits package. If you get a job at Northwest Community Hospital, you can look forward to up to $3,500 in tuition reimbursement, the option to qualify for enhanced, low-interest loans to continuing your nursing education and a $5,000 forgivable loan toward the purchase of a new home.

Northwest Community Hospital 800 West Central Road Arlington Heights, IL 60005 847-618-1000 nch.org

Kaiser Permanente's Oakland Medical Center

Nurses who work at Kaiser Permanente's Oakland Medical Center will get tuition reimbursement as well as other attractive employee benefits and perks. These include loan forgiveness and educational stipends for conferences and seminars. Kaiser Permanente has a Work/Life program to encourage healthy lifestyles for their employees. The benefits package also includes health club membership, weight management and smoking cessation programs, a weekly box of organic produce from the Farm'acy Farmer's Market and discounted tickets for individuals and families to local recreation events and activities.

Oakland Medical Center 280 W. MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, CA 94611 510-752-1000 kaiserpermanente.org

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