What other profession besides nurses float?
Janitors- their job-I couldn't do without them, is fairly standardized.
Teachers- even teachers have substitutes.
Secretaries- well, they can't kill anyone with their poor shorthand technique.
Those are the only few that I can think of at the moment. Feel free to add more if you can think of them.
But really, why do we float nurses? Those people that literally have a patients life in their hands for every minute of the shift that they work.
Why don't doctors float? Sorry, DR. OBGYN, Dr. Psych called in sick, you have to cover his patients for him today? Or dietary, hey, put down that apple juice and go look at UA's for the day. Sorry but we have a sick call to cover. It is your duty to cover.
The whole rampage began today. We have a step down unit, that like the rest of the country is becoming more acute daily. Unfortunately, they have lost over half of their staff but yet still try to maintain full capacity. Even though, our unit is one unit, it is composed of telemetry and step down. The only place that we are floated is telemetry, step down and ICU. Well, you might say that is ok?. Well, I have over 100 float hours in 2 months. I am the "it" girl over there. We can't take so and so because of... or that they flip and freak out too easily. Mind you that in all the float hours, there has been no education or orientation provided to any staff that floats. One time occurance, hey anyone may be able to get through a shift. But continually floating unexperienced staff is just plain dangerous. I knew that I was to float this am, which would have been ok, except I had a new grad. I wasn't going to float with a new grad. To take away from his orientation and set up for a potentially dangerous situation. "well, other nurses and new grads have done it, It worked before, why not now". I refused.
Why do we continually become martyrs when our license is in serious danger?
Tell the doctors, stop admitting patients, or you can float to the understaffed areas!
Do you really want to have someone working on you or your loved one in a critical care setting that may or may not be a "float". How many more mistakes are made when people float, not to mention those fatal? Those are mistakes that I don't want to make or find out about.
Please feel free to enlighten me or share your stories of floating.
Stepping off soap box and waving to crowd.