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View Poll Results: Should nurses have to float?
Yes 7 25.00%
No 21 75.00%
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:11 PM
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Great Poll. I have to side with no because its more risky to float. Since we are dealing with lives....I think its in everyone interest to keep risk at a min. I am not sure why nursing does this. Do we ask cardiologist to cover for Pulmonary Dr who cant make it in that day? I say keep nurses were their skill set is strong...and thats on their unit.
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:04 PM
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Default That “5-letter word” FLOAT

A powerful example of nurses exercising choice is the frequency at which they chose to work extra shifts, for which they are qualified, outside their home department. Yes, you heard me right; nurses are actually seeking to float. Yes, that “5-letter word”, FLOAT! Here is another article that discusses floating
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:20 PM
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I think it’s just fine if nurses will float to another area, as long as they will be given brief orientation about each new area where they need to work temporarily. Any help should be available for them so that they can still perform the task correctly, even if it’s not their area of specialty. Their brief exposure so different areas will also add up to their experience making them more confident and quality nurses.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Joy_RN View Post
My personal opinion is that floating is more likely to cause mistakes. As noted in other posts, you find yourself on a floor you know nothing about, have to ask where everything is, and possibly patients of a type you have never cared for. Exp: L&D for 20+ yrs (me) being floated to a medical floor. It's not like it was 30 yrs ago where everyone stayed days in the hospital with simple problems. Medical floors now are full of patients who are extremely ill. Yet you are expected to know what to do in the event something goes wrong. It is also aggravating to the nurses who are already overloaded with work on that floor who have to answer all your questions. I think each unit should be responsible for it's own staffing. In a perfect world, have a pool of nurses who may just want to work a day here and there and are paid something to be in that pool. Don't expect them to be available every time you need them, but have a large enough group in that pool to know someone will come when needed. Of course this is the ideal situation and these days with budgets like they are and hospitals pinching pennies that is not likely to happen. I personally want to quit my job each time I am floated, just out of the frustration and fear of what might go wrong. This is coming from a nurse of 31 yrs who has watched RNs go from being treated with respect, to just being a number on a clip board. While administration could care less about patient care, than they do about just keeping the numbers correct.
I completely agree with Joy. Floating does allow for mistakes. When you're being tossed around caring for a handful of people at a time (albeit the first time) its not the best environment. I floated for a few years and was miserable, and the patients never got to develop a relationship with me either. Luckily I was able to get out of floating after my 5th year. Yes, floating is lucrative but its not worth it.
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Old 01-07-2015, 02:56 PM
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They need to be orientated to the ward first and needed to be treated as part of the team and not given the worst workload.
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