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You are totally able to shop around for jobs to find what suits you best. The last hospital I worked for offered assistance in repayment for student loans and they also contributed money to current school costs. There are plenty of large organizations that offer this type of incentive. That being said, the current small outpatient practice I work for does not offer any assistance in paying my loans. Just make sure that you are keeping that in mind when you accept a position. There are also some state programs that can help you pay back loans as well (this is an option in FL).
Consider that many hospitals at this time (year 2022) are having sign on bonuses that require you to stay for a certain amount of time and you get the bonuses in increments (as an example every 6 months up to 1-2 years you might get $30k). That may help repay student loans. In some cases the sign on bonuses are very high right now. That changes as time goes on. When many of my colleagues started nursing jobs fresh out of school the hospitals were giving many sign on bonuses although when I started I had to beg for a job. So it very much depends on the economy at the time. Don't let that stop you from becoming a nurse ;) It's a fantastic career!
Many hospitals offer tuition reimbursement. In my case they offer $3000 every year, but that does not kick in until you have been there for a year AND you have to utilize those funds within THAT year.