"I'm not floating." - page 2

by WeepingAngel

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Yup. Unfortunately, sometimes in the facility we have need of nurses on other floors and hey, did you really want to be called off and lose more time? Trust me, the supervisor and I put thought into who gets floated - most... Read More


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    I don't mind floating since I like the variety. I do think it's important to understand why Nurses don't like to float. Usually it's because it makes it much harder to provide the level of care Nurses expect to be able to provide, which is a totally legitimate concern. I sympathize with Nurses who don't like to provide substandard care when I have to float them. If you listen to what they mean when they say "I'm not floating", which is "I don't like subjecting patients to inferior care", then it's hard to criticize.
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    I have seen nurses huff off the floor when they come to the unit I work on and see the patient load. They dont seem to realize that on their stepdown unit, they are required to do a lot of things that I do not have to do for a patient.
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    Some floors were so horrible to work on at one hospital, that they were staffed mainly by floating staff from a "good" floor
    that was deliberately overstaffed for that reason.

    Maybe improving conditions and staffing would be in order.

    The kicker is when you agree to come in extra thinking you will be working on your own floor and then get floated.

    Yes, the floater always gets dumped on.

    I don't blame people for not wanting to float.

    I guess if they wanted to float, they would have joined the float pool.
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    Quote from MunoRN
    I don't mind floating since I like the variety. I do think it's important to understand why Nurses don't like to float. Usually it's because it makes it much harder to provide the level of care Nurses expect to be able to provide, which is a totally legitimate concern. I sympathize with Nurses who don't like to provide substandard care when I have to float them. If you listen to what they mean when they say "I'm not floating", which is "I don't like subjecting patients to inferior care", then it's hard to criticize.
    Usually it is the staff member being difficult. Some staff just will whine about anything. Especially floating. I understand being in an unfamiliar environment is tough, but we all have to float.
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    We take turns, and most handle it gracefully.

    There are definitely areas I much prefer to float, and sometimes will volunteer if I know its a place I like... That way, I move back to the bottom of the list without having to work in a crud-hole...
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    I am also annoyed by difficult staff members, although I don't think the concern is any less valid based on the amount of grace with which it is expressed.
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    I don't like it but when I see it is my turn I go without a complaint. I can't stand when people get angry and obnoxious about this. On my unit charge doesn't have control over who goes. We also use a list and go by dates. But lpn /rn ratio, staff experience plays a role in it . suck it up and go . no one will respect you for complaining
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    When I get pulled on some floors you do get dumped on and no one helps with anything. Getting combinations for med room, equipmmt room etc is a huge ordeal on some floors.
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    I don't mind floating, as long as it is fair and it rotates. I feel like some nurses are the ones who always get floated while others never do. We also kept a book and we would write in the date we floated to another floor...and sort of used that as a guide to determine who would float. Usually the supervisors are the ones who determine but then we go by the book and just call the supervisor and tell them, "hey, so&so is going to CCU instead." They're okay with it.
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    "We All Float Down Here...." -- Pennywise the Clown.

    Sorry, couldn't help myself!!
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