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- Sep 3, '12 by Bortaz, RNQuote from MorganalefeyI was in almost exactly the same situation as yours, and I too refused to float. Hospital policy states that new nurses are not to be floating until they have 1 year experience.I've been a nurse for a year. I've been at my new job 4mos, and out of orientation for about 6 weeks or so. I went into work the other day, and they wanted me to float to another floor.
I (politely) refused, stating that I was uncomfortable w/that and that I was still trying to find my way on my unit. My boss sent someone else, but was *obviously* angry w/me. And to be honest, I don't really care! When I interviewed I was told it would be a year before I would float. The girls on the floor told me they usually do it 6mos AFTER your orientation was done. I am so disillusioned by this job, which is quite sad since it's only been 4mos!
Is this common practice where you all work? Maybe I over-reacted?
My manager was chapped over my refusal, and made all kinds of childish threats, which she immediately stopped hurling when I presented her with a copy of the policy.
Once I got to 1 year experience...to the DAY...they floated me to pediatrics. I was floated about twice a week for 2 months. I went without complaint, and they eventually got over being mad at my defiance.
- Sep 4, '12 by classicdameyou are not protecting your license by working in an unfamiliar environment as the expectation is for you to be a competent, not expert, nurse. You might be risking your job, but that is your choice. I certainly understand not feeling comfortable floating, but please try to understand that the hospital is trying to staff for patients, and that might include asking people to step outside their comfort zone.
- Oct 7, '12 by Quit Floating MeAt my facility we have a float policy. After three months off orientation you are eligible to float. -pokes at username-
- Oct 7, '12 by dudette10I am a tele nurse, and I float to med/surg. I refused to float to ICU three months off orientation, although the nursing supe and my manager tried to talk me into it. I flatly refused.
In your situation (where you are a specialty ICU nurse), I don't think floating to med/surg would have been much of a problem. The first time floating can be nerve-wracking, but only the first time.
What chaps my butt is the floating to floors that are very, very different from a nurse's specialty. No one would expect an obstetrician to be an attending on a tele floor or vice versa, or a psychiatrist to be an intensivist in ICU, so why are nurses treated as one size fits all?