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Hospital Sector – Student Supervision Premium

January 23, 2009

23 Jan 09 -- Article 9.08(a) of the hospital central collective agreement addresses student supervision. It reads as follows:

"Nurses may be required, as part of their regular duties, to supervise activities of students in accordance with the current College of Nurses of Ontario Accountability Standards for RNs and RPNs Working with Students. Nurses will be informed in writing of their responsibilities in relation to these students and will be provided with what the Hospital determines to be appropriate training. Any information that is provided to the Hospital by the educational institution with respect to the skill level of the students will be made available to the nurses recruited to supervise the students. Upon request, the Hospital will review the nurse's workload with the nurse and the student to facilitate successful completion of the assignment.

"Where a nurse is assigned nursing student supervision duties, the Hospital will pay the nurse a premium of sixty cents ($0.60) per hour for all hours spent supervising nursing students. This article will not apply to job classifications that are paid above the Registered Nurse Classification rates set out in Article 19.01(a) where the higher rate of pay is, in part, based on nursing student supervision duties."

ONA has received a number of questions from members seeking clarification of this premium. In response to these specific concerns, a list of frequently asked questions has been prepared. It is available for ONA members to download on the member site.

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