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Bureau of State Payroll Services

Date:  March 26, 2003

Bulletin No. CU-172


Subject Salary Increases for Staff Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
Payment of Nurses Health Specialty Differential
Educational Differential
Purpose To explain agencies' procedures for processing increases and payment of the Health Specialty Differential.
Affected Employees Employees in the following titles:
Staff Nurse 
Staff Nurse (hourly)
Nurse Practitioner
Effective Date Pay period 26C, paychecks dated 4/03/03

Health Specialty Differential will be paid in a separate check dated 4/03/03.
Background The rate increases are effective 10/01/00 and 10/1/01 and are contained in Carmelo Batista, Jr.'s memorandum dated 2/19/03.
Eligible Employees All Staff Nurses (annual and hourly) and Nurse Practitioners who are active on 10/1/00 and or 10/1/01 are eligible for the increase(s).

All Staff Nurses (annual and hourly) and Nurse Practitioners who meet the eligibility criteria contained in Carmelo Batista, Jr.'s memorandum are eligible for the following Health Specialty Differential:

Full time staff active on 12/15/02 receive $625.00.

Hourly staff who work 950 or more hours during the calendar year, January 1 through December 31, 2002, receive $350.00 and must be active on 12/31/02.

Hourly staff who work less than 950 hours during the calendar year, January 1 through December 31, 2002 receive $175.00 and must be active on 12/31/02.
Agency Actions Staff Nurse and Nurse Practitioner - Annual 
Submit a Job Request with the action of Pay Rt Chg effective 10/1/00 and or 10/1/01 using the reason of Cor Fy Sal (CFS). For all subsequent rows use Pay Rt Chg using the reason of Correct Salary (CSL).

Staff Nurse - Hourly 
Submit a Job Request with the action of Pay Rt Chg effective 10/1/00 and or 10/1/01 using the reason of Change Rate (CRT). For all subsequent rows use the same action/reason.

Agency must submit the earn code AJR to report the adjustments for the following earn codes:
NRD
NRN
NRE


Agencies must submit the payment for the Nurses Health Specialty Differential in the Time Entry Panel using the earns code HSD.

Earns Begin Date:  2/15/02 ANN - 12/31/02 HRY
Earns End Date:  Same as above
Earn Code:  HSD
Amount:  Applicable Amount

The Educational Differential continues to be paid as follows:
Baccalaureates - $300 per annum
Master's Degree - an additional $300 per annum

This payment is made in the Additional Pay Panel using the earn code AC1.

OSC Actions OSC will automatically process all retroactive adjustments for full time nurses.

OSC will automatically process the retroactive adjustments for all regular hours (RGH) submitted for hourly nurses.
Questions Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to the University Manager of Payroll Systems and Operations at CUNY Central Office.