As ER Nurses, are you required to float to wherever in your hospital? I have never been asked to float because of the dynamic nature of the ER until I started working where I am now. (Sorry, not telling where!) Anyway, I have been tasked with presenting our arguement as an evidenced based research paper but I'm having a hard time finding studies where ER Nurses are not floated because of the nature of the ER. There are plenty of articles supporting the general idea of floating, but none that I've found generic to the ER. Can anyone send me any AJN, RN, ANA or any other journal article that proves why it isn't a prudent idea to short the ER for any reaon? I'm not opposed to floating as a matter of principle. I feel we are the front line Nurses and we should never be in a position where a life is at stake because we had to sit 1:1 with a suicidal patient (yes, we frequently are called to do just that). If I do a good enough job, I'll try to publish in AJN or wherever so all may see the light! lol.
Oct 22, '11
by MassED, BSN
If it's a matter of keeping your job, I'd float.
You can do anything if you work in an ER. You might need pointers on the specific rules and intricacies of a specific department, but why not? I worked on a floor prior to the ER, and it's much easier. Different stress, as in not life-threatening or urgent 24/7, so you shouldn't have an issue if your job depends on it.
And where I work, we don't float, but you bet your hiney that I would if it was either that or go home and take PTO.
Last edit by MassED on Oct 22, '11