CNA VHH education benefits

Tuition reimbursement

Effective July 1, 2017, full-time CNA members at VHH are entitled to USC’s Tuition Assistance.

At this time, regular full-time and part-time registered nurses who have completed pre-approved qualified college or university coursework are entitled to participate in the VHH tuition reimbursement program. Facility reimbursement and reimbursement from other sources such as government agencies (e.g., G.I. Bill) or other educational benefits (e.g., scholarships or grants) cannot exceed the cost of tuition. If amounts received from outside sources reach maximum reimbursement level for Facility, the Facility contribution will be reduced. Documentation of outside financial assistance is required before reimbursement by the Facility.

Registered nurses with less than 3 years of service to VHH enrolled in the BSN program will receive reimbursement of 50% of the total cost of the program, up to $4500/year; those with at least 3 years of service will receive 50% up to $7500/year; and those with 5 years or more will receive 75% up to $10,000/year. These reimbursements will be made upon submission of grades after each quarter/semester.

Paid education time

Registered nurses will receive their base rate of pay for all in-service meetings designated by VHH as mandatory.

After one year of employment at VHH, regular full-time and part-time registered nurses may request paid education time. VHH will pay nurses at their base rate of pay for the following educational activities:

  • Classes approved by the Board of Registered Nurses to fulfill the Registered Nurses’ Continuing Education Requirements up to 24 hours per year for full-time registered nurses; up to 12 hours per year for part-time registered nurses; and up to 8 hours per year for Per Diem staff who have worked at least 700 hours in the previous 12 months.

VHH will provide such time provided the registered nurse complies with each of the following:

  • There will be a direct or indirect benefit to the maintenance of or improvement in the nurse’s skills
  • Application in writing is received no less than 30 days before the requested date of the education program
  • Education days will not interfere with staffing requirements for patient care

Paid time for education may be scheduled by the manager in a manner that reduced the potential for overtime or premium pay for either the registered nurse on education time or the registered nurse providing coverage. Not all time spent in courses will count as time worked for purposes of computing overtime; unused education hours do not roll over to the following year. Travel time to and from such courses will be paid in accordance with federal and state wage and hour laws.

Specialty training programs

VHH will offer opportunities to participate in specialty training programs (e.g., OR training program, Versant Registered Nurse Residency program, critical care training) at no cost to registered nurse so long as nurse remains in VHH employ for at least 2 years following participation in the specialty program.

Preceptor training course

The preceptor training course will continue and opportunities to participate will be posted and not unreasonably denied.