CINCINNATI (CN) – Student nurses say The Christ Hospital reneged on its promise to forgive the cost of their tuition if the worked at the hospital for 3 years. Three nurses say in a class action that the hospital simply refused to hire them, to duck its obligations.
In their complaint in Hamilton County Court, Jessica Beaty, Candice Lenhof and Chris Roedersheimer say The Christ Hospital induced time to sign Tuition Benefit Agreements [TBAs] that promised “tuition would be forgiven if they agreed to work full-time … for a continuous period of 36 months.”
The graduates say they “took all steps which they could reasonably take to secure an offer to work full-time,” but Christ Hospital hired nurses from other nursing programs and refused to hire them.
They claim the hospital “altered its business model … to employ nurses holding degrees higher than the degrees” they earned upon graduating from Christ’s College of Nursing. The Christ Hospital has demanded they repay all tuition benefits received as part of the TBA.
The class seeks judgment that there is “no obligation to repay the tuition or benefits” and compensatory, incidental and consequential damages.
They are represented by Timothy Grendell of Mason, Ohio.