8.1 Definition. The educational and professional leave program shall consist of two components, mandatory inservice training and elective educational and professional leave. The Employer shall continue to provide inservice, including skills classes, and elective educational and professional leave opportunities to employees. The program is designed to increase staff proficiency and to prepare staff for greater responsibility. This recognizes the joint commitment of HMC and employees to the delivery of quality patient care as well as employee interest in enhancing individual professional skills.
8.2 Mandatory Inservice Education. Inservice education programs shall be instituted and maintained within the hospital. The programs shall be made available to all employees regardless of shift, and the Medical Center will make a good faith effort to provide as many programs as practical on more than one shift. These programs are to contribute toward staff development and toward the preparation of staff for greater proficiency and/or responsibility. To accomplish this, educational resources from both inside and outside the hospital can be utilized.
Employees in the bargaining units shall be expected to participate in inservice education programs offered during working hours; coverage will be provided when necessary as determined by the Nurse/Department Manager or designee. If an employee is requested to attend an inservice program on off-duty time, he/she shall be given time off on the basis of one and one-half times at a later time within the same pay period which is mutually acceptable to the employee and supervisor or paid in accordance with Article 7, Section 3. For inservices that can be pre-scheduled and for which the Employer has determined that attendance will be mandatory, the Employer will make a good faith effort to give at least fourteen (14) days advanced notice when employees will be required to attend on off-duty time. These programs shall be planned as feasible to meet CEARP requirements for approval. Employees shall be expected to incorporate new learning into job performance.
Inservice education shall include orientation by Medical Centers Personnel on the salary schedule, increment increases and overall compensation plan of the University including explanation of deduction to paychecks.
Request for educational and professional leave shall be submitted in writing on the appropriate form to the immediate supervisor with at least fourteen (14) days' notice and shall be responded to in writing, including the reason for any denial, within fourteen (14) days of the receipt of the request.
Such leave shall be subject to budgetary considerations, the scheduling requirements of the Employer, and approval by the Associate Administrator for Patient Care Services, Clinic Administration, Department head or designee, of the subject matter to be studied. Such leave may be used on an hourly basis if staffing permits.
For purposes of this Article, educational and professional leave shall be defined as:
Registered Nurses – Permanent full-time nurses shall be granted up to forty (40) hours per fiscal year at the nurse's base salary for the purpose of attending educational and professional programs as defined above. The Employer will grant a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of educational/ professional leave within a 12-month period in a fiscal year to nurses requesting such leave.
Social Worker I, II, Social Worker Assistant 2 – For Social Worker 1's and 2's and Social Worker Assistant 2's who have completed their probationary period, up to forty (40) hours per fiscal year shall be granted to each individual bargaining unit employee and prorated for each individual part time bargaining unit employee for educational and/or professional leave.
Health Care Specialists/Leads – Health Care Specialists/Leads who have completed their probationary period, shall be granted up to sixty-four (64) hours per fiscal year for each individual bargaining unit employee and prorated for each individual part-time bargaining unit employee for educational and/or professional leave.
Respiratory Care Practitioner/Lead; Anesthesiology Tech 2/Lead; Electroneurodiagnostic Tech/Lead – Respiratory Care Practitioners/Leads and Anesthesiology Tech 2's/Leads and Electroneurodiagnostic Techs/Leads who have completed their probationary period shall be granted up to forty (40) hours per fiscal year, prorated for part-time, for each individual bargaining unit employee for educational and/or professional leave. The Employer will grant a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of educational/professional leave per fiscal year to employees requesting such leave.
Airlift Northwest Registered Nurses – ALNW registered nurses will be granted a minimum of forty (40) hours of educational/professional leave per fiscal year. The Employer may grant up to eighty (80) hours of leave per year. Both are pro-rated for FTE.
8.4 Education Support Funds. In support of HMC's commitment to continuing professional education and development, the Employer will establish continuing education funds to assist permanent employees with continuing education expenses including but not limited to certification and re-certification fees, books, magazines, seminars, tuition for college courses, audio or video cassette courses, conference registration, and travel related expenses for conferences. For purposes of this section, .9FTE will be considered a full-time employee for all bargaining units.
Registered Nurses. The Employer will provide $500.00 per bargaining unit nurse FTE at the beginning of each fiscal year (pro-rated for part-time nurses) to pay for continuing education expenses.
Professional/Technical Bargaining Unit Members.A pool of $26,000 per fiscal year shall be set aside to fund continuing education in the Professional/Technical bargaining unit.
RT/AT/END Bargaining Unit Members.. For employees in the RT/AT/END bargaining unit $500.00 per FTE (pro-rated for part-time) per fiscal year shall be made available to fund continuing education. RT employees will be granted up to $800.00 per FTE, pro-rated.
Social Worker Bargaining Unit Members. The Employer will provide $850.00 for each individual full-time bargaining unit employee per fiscal year (pro-rated for each part-time bargaining unit employee).
Health Care Specialists/Leads. The Employer will provide $1,800.00 per fiscal year for each individual full time bargaining unit employee (pro-rated for each individual part time bargaining unit employee).
Airlift Northwest Registered Nurses. The Employer will provide $500.00 per bargaining unit nurse FTE at the beginning of each fiscal year (pro-rated for part-time nurses) to pay for continuing education expenses.
ALNW will continue to provide all legal and regulatory required training within the mandated timelines.