The way our float pool works, is there are various part time to full time positions, no casual positions. And some staff float either just surgery, or medicine, and a few do both as they have been their a while. I stared off my nrusing career in june 2005 in the surgery float pool. I loved the float pool at first because we were pretty much always granted vacation when we wanted it. Our manager was great Eventually though I started to have more split shifts. 8 hr on one floor, then your told way too late that they need to put you somewhere else for the last 4 hrs, so your rushing to get all your charting done on time because you didnt know you were goin somewhere else.
In my experience and all the other floats feel this too, is we get dumped on. We always get the isolation pt's who are on a million anitibotics, combined with all the total care patients, the needy/demanding patients. But you get them every floor you go to because your not regular staff on that particular floor. So I would really recomend you talk to all the floor managers about this potential issue if you want to keep your staff.
After working 9 months in the float pool, I was really just not liking surgical nursing so I applied for a job in our ICU, and took the course for it, and now im a ICU/CCU float. Ive been doing it for 6 months now, and i love the work, but I hate the float aspect of it. Same issue as before. I always get dumped on at each unit. I could just apply for a permanant in ICU, but our ICU is smaller so I want to get more experience to I applied to a larger hospital, and I am not doing the float pool anymore.
One other main issue I have as well is now I never get my vaction requests. I am either scheduled for ICU or CCU and if im needed in just one of the units I cant get the vacation. I only have 4 people who are in my float pool that I can trade with. Not exactly the best set up.
So needless to say im leaving!