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Congenital Heart and Operating Room (Adult / Children’s) Incentive Program


*Applicable to Chapel Hill main campus*


The information in the following sections describe specific sign-on and retention incentives available to aid in efforts to recruit and retain a qualified, motivated, and talented Congenital Heart and Operating Room clinical staff. The recruitment incentive options establish a standardized and consistent approach across UNC Health that are reviewed and approved by Administration and Human Resources leadership.


Eligibility (ALL of the following must be satisfied):

  • Candidate must be hired by UNC Health as a Clinical Nurse II-OR, Clinical Nurse III-OR, Clinical Nurse IV-OR, Surgical Technologist, or Surgical Technologist Sr. to work at the Chapel Hill main campus in Adult & Children's Operating Room or the Pediatric Congenital Heart Program.
  • The position must be full-time, regularly scheduled 36 hours or more (.9 FTE +).
  • Hire date beginning on/after May 3, 2021.
  • The candidate must have twelve (12) months or more of experience.
  • Not previously a recipient of RN recruitment incentive options within the past twelve (12) months; (i.e., relocation assistance, commitment incentive, tuition loan assistance) within UNC Health system.
  • Per Diem and contract/traveler staff are eligible for incentives if they are converting to full-time, permanent status within the Adult & Children's Operating Room or Pediatric Congenital Heart Program at the Chapel Hill main campus.
  • Employee must remain in good standing throughout the work commitment period. If employee receives a final written warning, resigns, or is terminated, the incentive will be discontinued;
  • Employee must be in active status at the time the installment payment is payable; otherwise, the payment will be cancelled (and not paid on any future date). Remaining installment payments will be paid if the employee returns to active status, as long as the employee meets all other eligibility requirements; and
  • The work commitment must be fulfilled in the department where the employee is initially hired.


Positions that qualify:

  • Clinical Nurse II-OR                                                     
  • Clinical Nurse III-OR                                                  
  • Clinical Nurse IV-OR 
  • Surgicial Technologist
  • Surgical Technologist Sr. 

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*Qualifying hires are eligible for ONLY ONE of the incentives below. Either the sign-on and commitment or tuition loan assistance. 


Pediatric Congenital Heart Program Sign-on and Commitment Incentive

  • Experiended Operating Room RNs - $10,000 sign-on bonus at time of hire and $25,000 commitment bonus paid over three (3) years. 
  • Experienced Surgical Technologists - $5,000 sign-on bonus at time of hire and $15,000 commitment bonus paid over three (3) years.
  • Increased hourly pay rates
  • Relocation assistance


Adult Operating Room and Children's Operating Room Sign-on and Commitment Incentive

  • Experiended Operating Room RNs - $10,000 sign-on bonus at time of hire and $20,000 commitment bonus over three (3) years. 
  • Experienced Surgical Technologists - $5,000 sign-on bonus at time of hire and $10,000 commitment bonus over three (3) years.
  • Increased hourly pay rates
  • Relocation assistance


Payment Schedule

The Commitment incentive will be paid over a three (3)-year period, beginning at six (6) months from the start date, and every six (6) months through the employee's third anniversary date following the schedule below:


  • Six (6) months                   10%
  • Twelve (12) months           10%
  • Eighteen (18) months        10%
  • Twenty-four (24) months    20%
  • Thirty (30) months              20%
  • Thirty-six (36) months        30%


*Payment will be treated as taxable income and directly deposited in your paycheck.



Tuition Loan Assistance (All expereiced RN's and only Surgical Technologists within the Pediatric Congenital Heart Program)

Up to $25,000 may be offered to defray the cost of tuition loans for a previously earned pre-licensure nursing degree or Surgical Technologist program. The amount offered is based on proof of outstanding loan at the time an offer of eligible employment is accepted. Once qualified for Tuition Loan Assistance, no further proof of outstanding loan is required. Tuition loan assistance will be paid in six (6) equal installments beginning at six (6) months from the employee's start date, and will continue to be paid every six (6) months through the employee's third anniversary date. Payment will be treated as taxable income and directly deposited in your paycheck.


The following positions do not qualify for the Recruitment Incentive Programs:

  • Candidates, hired into positions, if they are currently employed, or employed within the previous twelve (12) months, at any owned entity within the UNC Health system.
  • UNC Health employees are not eligible for recruitment incentives when going from one entity to another.


Questions? Please contact Nurse Recruiter, JoEllen Liles at [email protected]



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