Mandatory floating -- need advice!!!!

  1. Last edit by susanmary on Aug 30, '03
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  3. by   Brian
    Here are a few other threads that discuss Floating issues that you might find helpful:


    Floating of ICU RNs

    Here is a link that searches the entire BB for the word "floating": 232621-3849.cgi&Total=17&StartAt=10000

    I hope this helps

    Brian Short
    It's how nurses surf the web!
  4. by   kewlnurse
    This is what we do: Least senorty floats frst, (nurses with 15 years int eh system don't have to foat, per our useless union contract) and we keep a list. I floated the very first day off orientation, and had to be charge along with my assignment! Thats pretty much how we do it. Somtime the Nursing office Specifies wth a RN or LPN but not usually.
  5. by   canoehead
    We take turns, writing down the date last floated in a notebook. As part of orientation to our unit the nurse gets an extra day or two to orient to the other unit, so seniority isn't an issue.

    If someone floated the day before he/she may prefer floating the next day of her/his stretch to be reassigned the same patients.

    Personally, if they are both med/surg floors I would rather take a temporary transfer for 6 months rather than not know where I was going to work. And if that someone is nice enough to transfer to meet hospital needs they should not have to float out of the new unit for the next 6 months either. Maybe preference when setting up that person's schedule would sweeten the pot.

    Hope this gives you some new ideas.
  6. by   lalaxton
    I have worked in places where they keep a record of who floats where and whose turn it is next to float, to try and make it fair(???). I truly believe that new grads shouldnt be asked to float for the first year, they are trying to assimilate to the role as well as the unit.
    Note: Check with the Board of Nursing in your state. When I lived in NC and our hospital was asking us (transport nurses) to float to Neonatal intensive care (which I know nothing about) we complained to our Board of Nursing who said that we could refuse to float to an area that we had not been sufficiently oriented to. DO NOT put your license on the line if you arent comfortable with an area you are floated to!
  7. by   Tiara
    Be sure to check this website -- for info on floating and lots of other issues.
  8. by   april brewer
    [I am not sure if I am posting this right, but here goes. We had the same problem here except they were taking my Perinatal Nurses and floating them every where else. I have a policy if you would like to contact me that might help. We followed title 22 regarding the fact that nurses are only competent in specific tasks on each floor. So I created a list of tasks my nurses could perform anywhere in house. Therefore they do not recieve patient assignments when they are floated they are just helpers. Our Medical & Surgical units all have the same P&P's so it is easier for those nurse to float to other units. I hope this helps.]Originally posted by susanmary:
    Nurses on my unit are being floated (mandatory) to a different med-surg unit, which consistently has staffing holes.
    Several nurses on my unit are relatively new nurses. In addition, there are several experienced nurses who are new to my unit.
    How do we set a unit policy who should float? How long should a nurse be off orientation before he/she is floated to another unit? (This unit has many different patient populations.) Do you think 6 months is sufficient? How can we do this fairly and provide the best patient care to both units? It's problematic to only float seasoned nurses, as the newer nurses need to have a resource. I really need your advice ASAP. How have you handled mandatory floating? Ahhhhh!!!

    [This message has been edited by susanmary (edited February 14, 2001).]

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  9. by   Jenny P
    My unit (CV-ICU) has to float out if we have a low census; but that hasn't happened for a long time. The unit decided that those of us who have been on this unit for 20 years no longer have to float (and I'm one of the lucky ones!)-- it is one of the few perks of retention. We write down the date of the float, then the person who who hasn't floated for the longest time is the one who floats. If you are primary nurse for a long term patient or if you are precepting new orientees, you usually don't float for that shift. If several nurses are floating on a particular shift, and there are several units to float to, we try to float nurses to units they may have worked on in the past-- if nurse Mary came to us from Med-Surg unit 4North, we try to float her back there for the shift-- it gives them a nurse familiar with the unit and reduces the nurses' stress of being floated to a strange place.