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UW - WSNA Contract

2015-2017 Biennium

Article 10 - Premium Pay

10.1 Shift Premium.
RNs assigned to work the second (3:00 pm - 11:00 pm) shift shall be paid a shift premium of $2.50 over the hourly contract rates of pay. RNs assigned to work the third shift (11:00 pm - 7:00 am) shall be paid a shift differential of $4.25 over the regular rate of pay. RNs shall be paid shift differential on second or third shift if the majority of hours are worked during the designated shift.

A RN permanently assigned to second (evening) or third (night) shift will receive the shift premium assigned to that shift. A RN who is temporarily assigned, within the RN's FTE, to another shift with a lower shift rate will receive the higher shift rate if the temporary assignment is not greater than five (5) consecutive working days.

A RN who is on paid leave will receive the shift premium assigned to the RN's permanent schedule.

10.2 Charge Nurse Pay.
A RN2 who is assigned in writing Charge Nurse responsibility by the Nurse Manager or designee for an organized unit for a period of one (1) or more hours shall receive Charge Nurse premium pay for all such hours worked. Charge nurse premium shall be $2.50 per hour. "Organized unit" shall be defined by the Medical Center.

Upon successful completion of the probationary period, all RNs shall be eligible to ask for training as charge nurse. If a nurse is not granted training, the nurse will receive a written explanation. The Charge Nurse will receive appropriate orientation prior to being assigned Charge Nurse responsibilities. (The content of such orientation for each unit shall be reviewed through the Joint Conference Committee.)

RNs regularly assigned to a specific unit and who are qualified to act in charge will be placed in charge before a nurse floated to that unit is placed in charge. RNs floating to a unit shall then be assigned charge only by mutual consent.

10.2.1 Training for Charge Nurse Position.
The Employer will make a good faith effort to provide unit-based and house-wide charge nurse training prior to being assigned the role of charge nurse. The unit-based training shall include but is not limited to a written job description and disaster protocol for the specific unit. House-wide training shall also include disaster protocol for the entire medical center.

10.3 Stand-by Premium.
Off-duty standby assignments shall be posted with regular schedules and determined in advance by supervision. Volunteers will be used for standby assignment when practicable. RNs placed on standby status off the Medical Center premises shall be compensated at the rate of $4.00 per hour.

When called in from standby status, the nurse shall receive premium pay (time and one-half the nurse's regular rate) for a minimum work period of three (3) hours. If a nurse is called from stand by status to work within eight hours of the nurse's next scheduled shift, the nurse will be permitted a minimum of the next eight hours off duty. The nurse may use leave without pay or benefit time other than sick leave except where the use of sick leave is otherwise appropriate.

10.4 Call Back.
Any time actually worked in call back shall be compensated at the rate of time and one-half the regular rate of the nurse concerned. When called back, the nurse shall receive bonus pay and premium pay (time and one-half the nurse's regular rate) for a minimum work period of three (3) hours. When a scheduled work period employee has left the institution grounds and is called to return to the work station outside of regularly scheduled hours to handle emergency situations which could not be anticipated, he/she shall receive two hours bonus pay plus time actually worked. The bonus pay shall be compensated at the regular rate; time worked shall be compensated at time and one-half. Time worked immediately preceding the regular shift does not constitute call back, provided time worked does not exceed two hours or notice of at least eight hours has been given. An employee on standby status called to return to the work-station does not qualify for call back pay.

10.5 Temporary Assignment to a Higher Position.
Whenever a nurse is temporarily assigned in writing by the Employer to regularly perform the principal duties of a higher-level nursing position for a period of five or more scheduled working days within the nurse's standard work period as specified in Article 7, Section 2, he/she shall be compensated at a salary which represents a two-step increase beyond the nurse's current step for such period of assignment. Said increase shall be paid beginning with the first day and to include the days working such assignment. Such assignments must be by mutual agreement.

10.6 Preceptor Premium Pay.
An experienced RN2 who is assigned in writing by the Manager or designee as a Preceptor shall receive Preceptor Premium Pay at the rate of $1.50 per hour.

A Preceptor is defined as an experienced RN2 specifically responsible for planning, organizing and evaluating the new skill development of an employee according to the unit's plan for orientation. They are responsible for specific, criteria based and goal directed education and training for a specific period. They function as a role model, teacher, evaluator and resource person.

Preceptor pay is generally not paid to RNs who, as stated in the job description, participate in the general orientation and teaching of health care professionals and personnel including, but not limited to RN's temporarily assigned as supplemental staff to the unit on a shift by shift basis, RN's orienting to the Charge Nurse role, and non-RN personnel.

10.7 Float Premium.
The Medical Center recognizes a value to patient care when a registered nurse floats from one unit/clinic to another to meet staffing/patient care needs such as the additional RN staff required to meet the acuity of the patients of the unit, the census/volume and to cover vacations, unscheduled absences, and continuing education. Registered Nurses assigned to work outside the unit(s) for which they were hired as a part of that unit's matrix staff for a defined shift of at least four (4) hours will be compensated with a float premium of $1.50 per hour for every hour worked. Registered Nurses employed solely in the Resource Team/Float Pool (excluding Stat and PICC/Vascular Access Program registered nurses) will receive a float premium of $4.00 per hour for all hours.

10.7.1 New Nurse Float Pay.
Registered Nurses hired after the effective date of this agreement who are new graduates shall not receive the float premium until they work independently clinically, or for one year, whichever is earlier (for the purposes of this section, "new graduate" is defined as a nurse who has graduated in the past 9 months). For the purposes of this section, "independently clinically" is defined as the Registered Nurse being counted for the purpose of the staffing matrix.

10.8 Certification Premium.
The medical center recognizes a value to patient care when RNs are certified in their area of specialty practice. Eligible registered nurse will be compensated by an hourly certification premium of $1.25 for all hours paid. All bargaining unit RNs who obtain and maintain a current, nationally recognized renewable certification in a specialty that is representative of the patient population to which they are primarily assigned, based upon management approved Nursing Specialty Certification List, will be eligible. Float RNs must be certified in a specialty to which they would reasonably be expected to consistently float to be eligible for the certification premium. Certified RNs will only be eligible for one certification premium regardless of other certifications the nurse may have.

10.9 STAT/ECLS/Resource Vascular Access Team Nurse Premium.
Nurses designated as STAT nurses who are reclassified as RN3's will be paid the four dollars ($4.00) per hour STAT nurse premium.

Nurses designated as STAT nurses who are not reclassified as RN3's will receive the four dollars ($4.00) per hour STAT nurse premium for every hour worked as a STAT nurse and in addition, will receive the Charge nurse premium of two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per hour for every hour worked as a STAT nurse.

Nurses designated as Extra-Corporeal Life Support ("ECLS") nurses will be paid the six dollars and fifty cents ($6.50) per hour ECLS nurse premium.

Nurses designated as members of the Resource Vascular Access Team ("RVAT") will be paid the four dollar ($4.00) per hour RVAT premium.

10.10 Clinical Advisor.
A RN assigned by the Nurse Manager to act as a Clinical Advisor as defined in section 11.14 will receive a premium of $1.50 per hour for all hours worked.

10.11 Parking.
The Association agrees that during the life of this Agreement, the University may apply changes in transportation policy, including adjusting parking and U-Pass fees and criteria for assigning parking spots, to the bargaining unit without the obligation to bargain with the Association. The Conference Committee will meet and resolve the issues of nurses receiving parking tickets as a result of working overtime, as well as safe parking for on-call nurses coming in at off-hours. In addition, the Association (by and through its designee) shall have a seat on the University of Washington Transportation Committee.

10.12 Weekend Premium.
When an RN works a weekend as defined in section 7.5 he/she will receive a premium of $4.00 per hour.

10.13 BSN Premium.
A RN who holds a BSN or higher degree in nursing shall receive $1.00 per hour premium pay.

10.14 MSN/MN Premium.
A RN who attains a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Master of Nursing (MN) degree shall receive a one step pay increase with proof of the degree.

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