As a travel nurse, I am prepared to float at any point. Whenever I work a 12-hour daylight shift (7a-7p), I don't usually float (unless the majority of staff works an 8-hour shift). I recently floated from 3-7p and, having already assessed and charted on 6 patients for 8 hours on another unit, I did not assess the patients. I received a thorough report and I knew what issues I MAY have with each patient. Instead, I did their vital signs (this was total care of 4 patients), administered any medications that were due, completed blood sugars (and administered insulin coverage as ordered), and ultimately wrote a 2-4 sentence summary at 630p or so of anything that occurred during the 4 hours. I had a manageable group of individuals, but it's NOT always like that. I'm SURE someone will tell me that I'm a "bad" nurse because I didn't assess the patients, but I do NOT feel that 4 hours with them should trump a nurse coming in for 12 hours at 7p. What do YOU do?