I have been agency/float full time for almost a year now and have floated to probably 30 different units, but wanted to bounce something off everyone. I just finished paperwork for a large multi-hospital system and also completed a single 4 hour orientation at one of their hospitals. I am now eligible to float to ALL of their hospitals without any more orientation anywhere. Would you be comfortable with it?
Here's my thing...I'm an ICU nurse, and never knowing what kind of assignment I might end up with, this just feels really unsafe to me. Yes, I am flexible and good at figuring things out on my own, but what if I walk into a critical patient situation and haven't had time to get Pyxis access, know where the code carts are, etc...? Even stable ICU patients are still ICU patients for a reason. I don't think I should be expected to come in early on my own time to learn all this, either, even though orientation pay is lower. My agency is very willing to sign me up with more orientations. I feel like I want a couple of hours at each new hospital just to knock out the basics.
Or am I being overly cautious?
Your thoughts are appreciated.