What other profession floats?

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    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.

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    Originally posted by moonshadeau
    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.
    WOW! What interesting light has been shed on this topic with this statement! I'm gonna copy this and hang it up around work! Text only, names omitted of course.

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    I believe the concept of " floating" stems from nursings' much earlier days when we were much less specialized and expected to handle many different situations. Nurses really "had to do it all" in the "old days". In my grandmother's day; (she graduated a diploma program circa 1922), no one questioned their patient assignments or doctor's orders! (perish that thought)..However we are in new times....thus....

    I am with you, in this day of super-specialization and the legal issues that arise, it is stupid and dangerous to float nurses out their area of comfort and capability into unfamiliar territory. Really, now, I only work in places that don't require me to float. I am not interested in endangering patients and hanging my license over the bonfire in this way. Being an OB nurse, I do this enough w/o floating elsewhere!

    Good points, moonshadeau...**waving back atcha**
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    I am SOOOOOOO with you on that. I work L&D, and only worked med surg for a few months as a new grad, but now, a few years later, they expect me to float to the medical wards and take a patient assignment. I just refuse. I will float and do tasks ONLY. Or they can send me home, thank you very much. I have no idea what idiot would want me looking after an MI or TIA or AAA patient! Hello? Is there a uterus involved? No...? Then I am not going to be their nurse!
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    If you only knew how many times I have raised this issue with the suits! Our hospital is like a giant float pool. Some managers purposely short staff their units so their staff won't get floated. We have a 24 bed ICU and are a regional referral center and they will pull from us until we have a 1:3 ratio. They also think nothing of floating inexperienced staff to us when no one will do OT. SO then we not only have 3 each but have to look out for the float nurse and those patients as well. It is like this at most hospitals in my area. So staff with 5 or years less experience say, why the hell should I stay getting 22 bucks an hour when I can go work Agency for 15 more an hour and only get floated to 2 other units! The suits just don't get it. Floating and refusal of vacation time are, bar none, the 2 most important issues regarding staff morale. The CNE here hasn't done bedside nursing in a thousand years and doesn't think it is an issue.
    I always ask people (supervisors, etc.) would you go to a plumber if you had chest pain. Would you call a doctor if your cable TV was broken, would you see a gynocologist if you had skin cancer? Until we educate the public about what we do as bedside nurses and how specialized the care is, things won't change. I agree with closing beds but here we need an act of Congress before that happens!!
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    One of several reasons l like ER....we never float. Unbelievable!! to float an OB nurse to MedSurg?????....what morons!.........LR
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    Well, the UP side to NOT having the public informed about how specialized nursing really is:

    Getting stopped for speeding and having the trooper, upon finding out you're a nurse, does NOT give you a ticket because he figures some day you may (In his words): "Have to dig a bullet out of my a$$"

    I truly am just joking. There's no good side to it really, but this really did happen.


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    Our manager consistently overstaffs so she can "help out" the house. She never has to float so why should she care. I hate floating because many times the regular floor nurses are too busy to help you. Also they can float us anywhere without orientation when it suits them. My specialty is Rehab and I am a fish out of water on ICU or Oncology. Sometimed when we float we are sent to a different floor every 4 hours, that is 3 or 4 different floors if I get mandated over. We have lost several nurses over this.
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    LET's SEE:
    1) the marines
    2) Navy
    3 ) and all other maritime employes

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    my husband, a manufacturing engineer responded to my horrific night of floating by saying;

    In manufacturing, a call out from one of the assembly line workers is pure hell, an available employee is pulled from somewhere and placed there with minimal training (sound familiar)

    Then productivity goes down, the "substitute" slown down the whole process for everyone.

    Then quality control complains because the end products have poor quality, many parts are thrown out.

    One call in for him results in poor productivity, increased cost and poor product outcome.....


    Manufacturing gets it.... why not the suits if the bottom line is the almighty $$$.... "It's not cost effective to close beds"
    It's time to take a second look

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