Unfair floating revisited

  1. Last month I was informed I would be floating 3 to 4 times a week to two other floors,at least I was given advance notice.
    I asked the DON why Im being floated off my regular floor and not the other regular nurse,I also asked why the other regular nurse and I are not taking turns floating. She said that I was competent enough to float,which really surprised me, and the other nurse wasnt.
    Is this a legitamite reason,or is the DON manipulating me to shut me up?
    I also wanted to ask her,but I didnt cause I didnt want to cause her trouble cause I like her,why ALL nurses arent being floated.Should I ask her this question? Should I go to my union? Or is this simply managements perogative?
    Last edit by ohbet on Oct 24, '02
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   oramar
    I would check into what the contract says about floating. I thought there was usually something about floating in contracts.
  4. by   canoehead
    They should train the other nurse so she is competent, playing dumb can sometimes get you what you want in this world and it isn't fair to the rest of us.
  5. by   BadBird
    If you have a union, I would definately check the policy on floating. Don't be afraid to speak up, volunteer to start a float log if needed to keep it fair. If the DON doesn't think the other nurse is competent to float what makes her think she is competent to say where she is?
  6. by   MollyMo
    How does your DON expect the other nurse to become competent if (s)he is never floated? By osmosis? That's not fair to you. Actually it's not fair to the other nurse either who in effect is being called stupid.
  7. by   KP RN
    Tell her you'll consider it if she doubles your salary. After all, she's manipulating the situation to use you as though you were a nurse from the prn float pool who are generally paid better for offering increased flexibility.
    Increased competency needs to be rewarded by increased salary, right???
  8. by   ohbet
    Thanks guys,all good replies,God I get alot out of this site.

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