Floating Policy Help Needed

  1. Does anyone out there work in a hospital that has a "closed" critical care float policy, that is, a policy where CC nurses only float to CC areas? I am currently on a committee that will be submitting a proposal to our hospital's Staffing Advisory Committee for closed floating. If anyone has such a policy in place, please leave a message here or e-mail me. Thanks!
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  3. by   Patricia116
    At my hospital, ICU nurses need float only to critical care areas; however, the CCU nurses must float to every, single, unit in the hospital!! We are currently working on a proposal to close our unit as well. My question is why the hospital has chosen to view the ICU nurses in a different light than the CCU nurses. But I digress. Good luck with your proposal. Let me know how things go.
  4. by   vaughanmk
    The hospital where I work all ICU nurses, regardless of the specialty are required to float. They are the last ones to go home for low census. I believe the hospital consideres critical care nurses the most adapt to work any floor. Although they try not to send them to mother/baby, peds, etc. Only adult floors.
  5. by   susanmary
    Last edit by susanmary on Aug 30, '03
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    Critical care nurses often lack competency for caring for the volume of patients in a telemetry or medical/surgical unit. Adult nurses cannot be safely assigned to pediatrics or to pediatric patients in the ER.

    ANY floated nurses should be oriented to the unit unless there is a disaster (like an earthquake or plane crash).

    SusanMary is correct. I have and will perform functional nursing. That is performing tasks in partnership with the registered nurse assigned to the shared patients. That can be a BIG help.

    We have "Floating Clusters" in our contract. Critical care can go to telemetry, but they cannot float to ICU. Telemetry nurses can float to medical/surgical. We get a 4 hour orientation before being required to float. The 4 hour orientation is part of orientation for experienced new hires. No new grad floats for the first year.

    Wish I could give you such a policy.
    Patricia116, your hospital has a silly divisive policy.
  7. by   icudove
    I have encountered this in our hospital recently and am searching for policies or guidelines for floating ICU nurses to all floors. We used to have a matrix but as such the policy has been modified. our unit is currently looking into standards / guidelines for floating ICU nurses to all departments or selected departments. Any research articles or suggestions would be most appreciated.

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