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Article Five — Appointment and Probation

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  1. Newly hired and re-hired Registered Nurses will receive a letter of appointment stating the date of hire (or re-hire), job title, employment status, shift, unit, rate of pay and applicable differential(s).
  2. Newly hired and re-hired full-time Employees will be on probation for a period of four (4) months excluding time lost for illness and other leaves. Newly hired and re-hired part-time Employees will be on probation for a period of six (6) months excluding time lost for illness and other leaves. By agreement between the Union and Employer, the probationary period may be extended by as many as three (3) months. During the probationary period, an Employee will be subject to demotion, suspension, other discipline or discharge at Employer's sole discretion, without recourse to the grievance and arbitration procedures, but will otherwise be covered by this Agreement.
  3. The Employer will provide a planned orientation program in Staff Development of two (2) weeks for each new Employee. Newly hired nurses shall not be independently responsible for a patient assignment during their first four (4) weeks of employment following the completion of classroom orientation and will not be counted in the staffing numbers during this time. Additional time as requested by the Registered Nurse or as recommended by the preceptor shall not be unreasonably denied.
  4. Employees transferred to another unit will serve a three (3) month probationary period. An Employee who has completed the new hire probationary period and has been transferred will retain all rights and provisions provided in this Agreement, except the Employer reserves the right if someone fails the probationary period in the lateral transfer to return the Employee to his/her original position with the same conditions of employment and no loss of benefits or seniority, and such decision shall be at the Employer's sole discretion, without recourse to the grievance procedure, unless it is discriminatory, arbitrary or capricious, so as to constitute an abuse of discretion. The Registered Nurse may return to the prior position within six weeks of transfer, upon his/her request.
  5. A newly licensed Registered Nurse with no prior registered nurse experience hired after March 31, 2005 will be paid one hundred dollars ($100) per week less than the regular compensation rate (pro-rated for part-time Employees) during the probationary period. The reduced rate shall not apply to extensions of the probationary period or to additional probationary periods resulting from transfers.