I would love input from anyone on how to make a float pool position more attractive to nurses. Currently our hospital has no float pool. It is hoped that we can make a 'float pool' position attractive enough to build a float pool. The ultimate goal is to end mandatory floating. Our union contract allows a 5% differential for float pool and requires a minumum of 2 'float areas'. Please share any ideas you have on building a good float pool.
I'm in the float pool at my hospital and have been for 3 years. Our pool consists of ALL per diem nurses. We don't get benefits, but our hourly rate is considerably higher than a staff nurse. We float to all areas of the hospital, but usually it's med surg that requires the extra help. We do get cancelled, but there is a list that they use to assure that the same people don't get cancelled all the time. We are required to work two weekend days out of a 4 week matrix. There are two levels of float. One guarantees 6 days a matrix, which gets you more money. The other level is 4 days a matrix, which is a slightly lower hourly rate.
The one big factor for someone staying in the float pool is that you can work whatever shift and hours you want.. as long as there's a need. Many choose the float pool because they want to work 8 hour shifts.
We are required to work one summer and one winter holiday, but we do get cancelled alot on the holidays(we do qualify for time and a half on those days)
Last edit by lsyorke on Dec 18, '06
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The float pool by contract would have regular staff, and per diems. The regular staff fall under the no cancellation clause in our contract, so work is guaranteed, as is a regular schedule that cannot be changed by management. Per Diems can only be cancelled 72 hours prior to thier shift. All float nurses would be assigned to only 1 shift, but per diems can work any shift if they so choose.
Thanks for everyones responses. The float pool at our hospital has never got off the ground, no one seems interested. By contract, once the float pool is established, no one would be floated involountarily, in THAT part, everyone seems interested. I am on a committee that is meeting with management to get the float pool up and running so I realy appreciate all the ideas.
Wow, with all those restrictions a float pool isn't doing much for you. Float pools fill in the gaps left by open positions, sick calls, vacations. If management has to give 72 hours notice that pretty much defeats the purpose of a pool.What are you trying to achieve with the float pool? Where are the gaps in staffing?
Last edit by lsyorke on Dec 19, '06