PS&T contract gives nurses extra educational boost
A new educational benefit, the Nurses Enhanced Pilot Programs, is getting
underway this spring.
The programs are designed to provide enhanced educational benefits tailored to
the special needs of PEF nurses.
“These enhanced nurse-training programs supplement the broad base of educational
benefits already available to all of our PS&T-unit members,” said PEF Director
of Education and Human Resources Clifford Merchant.
“The enhanced programs were negotiated in the PS&T Contract and are being
implemented by the joint Professional Development Committee (PDC) in accordance
with a side letter published in the contract.”
PEF and the state are offering three pilot programs for the 2009-2010:
• Nurses Enhanced College Tuition Reimbursement (CTR) Program;
• Nurses Enhanced Voucher Program; and
• Nurses Enhanced Voucher Alternative (VALT) Program.
The pilot programs will expire March 31, 2010, unless the PDC decides to extend
them. They are open to eligible PS&T nurses in all state agencies and at the
Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
The enhanced CTR and VALT programs began April 1 and the enhanced Voucher
Program begins May 1. Their enhanced benefits are not retroactive and they are
available only after benefits available under the regular Voucher, CTR and VALT
programs have been used. (See related article.)
A maximum of four college courses may be covered by combining the benefits of
the enhanced and regular Voucher and CTR programs.
Enhanced CTR, Voucher
• Provides either two additional CTR payments or two additional vouchers for
fiscal year 2009-10 for nurses in a nursing degree program that leads to a
four-year degree, master’s degree, post-graduate certificate or doctorate, and
who meet all other program requirements.
• These additional CTR payments or vouchers, which have the same values as
regular CTR payments or vouchers, can be used for extra courses or can be
combined with a regular voucher where the cost of tuition exceeds the maximum
value of a single CTR payment or voucher.
Enhanced VALT Program
• Provides additional reimbursement of up to $600 to nurses, who have exhausted
their regular VALT benefits, for qualifying non-credit courses, workshops or
seminars that will enhance their performance of current jobs, or further their
nursing careers with the state. The maximum combined funds of the VALT and
Enhanced VALT programs available to nurses is $1,200 per member.
• To be eligible for reimbursement, conferences, workshops, seminars, and
non-credit-bearing courses must meet the same eligibility criteria required by
the regular VALT Program.
Nurses must also review the 2009-10 guidelines for the regular CTR, Voucher, and
VALT programs to fully understand the complete package of benefits available
when the regular and enhanced programs are combined.
For more information, e-mail PEF training specialist Kim Loccisano at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at
800-342-4306, ext. 240.