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Does your facillity pay extra if you have higher education or certification? Examples would be BSN, MSN, ACLS,NRP, ANCC certification etc. Our contract is up soon and we would like to get a... Read More

  1. by   JWaldron
    At my hospital, we are reimbursed for the certification exam if we pass it, but not always for the certification. I have a Med/Surg certification from AMSN, but I am not reimbured for it, because I work on a RHB unit (even tho our patients are acutely ill, and are certainly M/S patients!). If I had a CRRN and work a M/S unit, I would not get paid for that certification. Our union contract stipulates that the hospital must pay us back for the passed exam, or I'm sue they would not. BTW, charge pay is $2 per hour. Don't know what the BSN/MSN diff. is. My Master's is in health care administration, and I am not reimbursed for that. We do not have weekend differentials either.

    Savvy
  2. by   JWaldron
    I realy wasn't even thinking of other ED benefits. If you are FT (.7 and up) you qualify for full tuition reimbursement, up to 12 credits a semester plus books, if it is an approved degree. Approved degrees are usually something already done at the hospital. I got my MA and then my ADN that way, altho I occassionally took more credits than they covered. The catch is, you have to continue working that FT to get the benefit. And you have to pony up the $ up front, of course, as you only get reimbursed if your grades warrent it - a C or better for undergraduate and a B or better for grad school. I'm interested in getting a degree in nursing informatics, but that's not a job title we already have, so, too bad. How foreward thinking of them! I keep saying that I know we have corporate council, so I could insist they send me to law school, but I couldn't do that and work FT. The union, does however, have a free program (including books) for going from an ADN to a BSN and an MSN program. Until recently the only site was several hundred miles away, but they are developing a satellite (?sp) campus about 50 miles away. I suspect the hospital will not have their generous Ed. benefit too much longer.

    Savvy
  3. by   zacarias
    Quote from Baby Catcher
    Does your facillity pay extra if you have higher education or certification? Examples would be BSN, MSN, ACLS,NRP, ANCC certification etc. Our contract is up soon and we would like to get a differential for these things. If so how much does your hospital pay?
    Thanks for any info

    This is about going to an RN-BSN program so it's sorta on topic . Anyway, I work at a large university hospital and am starting the RN-BSN program at the university this June which will last a year.
    My hospital offers a tuition exemption program where the first six credits of every quarter are paid in full. You either attend school Tue or Thu once a week.
    I talked to an advisor at the school to find out how I can pick a day so I can start preparing my work schedule accordingly. They said that using the tuition exemption program, I basically get last pick at days and registering. Also, she said that it's rare that these people get all their classes done in a year because we get last pick.
    While I understand I'm a state employee, I am frustrated that while they offer this tuition benefit to its employees, I am at the bottom of the barrell so-to-speak with regarding to preferences.
    It's not that I don't have the money to pay full tuition; I just think that since we get this tuition "benefit", we should be treated like the other people who pay full.
  4. by   barbara1
    Unfortunately, no. But they should!
  5. by   WOLFE
    Ok, where I am...bsn... $1 more an hour
    national cert.. $1 more an hour (even if hold 2 certs)
    preceptor... $1 more an hour
    charge nurse... $1 more an hour
    clinical ladders...for level 2... $1 more an hour
    level 3... $2 more an hour
    level 4... $3 more an hour

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