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Floating related to age

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by SandraCVRN SandraCVRN (Member)

SandraCVRN has 13 years experience and works as a RN.

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That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Is it even legal? If I had to float because of my age, I think this would be discriminitory.

No I dont think it is ok or even remotely fair. I think soon you'll find yourself with no young nurses. No one is going to put up with that. I hope all the young floaters get together and quit.

This must be a joke.

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Creamsoda works as a RN ICU.

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Could be seen as ageism. Doesnt sound right to me. Senority yet, but age, no.

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not.done.yet has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and works as a Professional Development Specialist.

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I think it will bite the older nurses in the hind end when it is used as an under-the-table, unspoken reason to get rid of older, better paid, less flexible nurses.

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Doesn't sound legal to me. But having the certified nurses not float may be ok. Things can not legally be substantiated by age only. That is discriminatory.

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Flo. has 7 years experience and works as a RN.

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I would be very upset if my hospital did this. Based on seniority you give your staff a perk for staying at the hospital. Based on age you give your staff a big opening to sue. Just because a previous administration did it that way does not make it OK.

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slackula has 29 years experience.

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It's not fair. I'm 60 and could handle floating. When I was 27 I was terrified of floating off my unit. My pleas fell on deaf ears. It was great experience for me and I was able to float to almost any floor after that. If they must choose it could be based on senority. Just because your over 55 does not make it fair to a 35 year old who has worked there for 10 years.

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BittyBabyGrower works as a Nurse of course!.

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We don't include age, but ours is after 20 years, with the assumption that most nurses start in their 20's. After 20 years of floating, I was so glad that we had this perk! And for the certification..we have an 80% certification in our unit, so what if all your nurses become certified...the upper escholons will not be happy if one unit doesn't float.

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tntrn has 34 years experience and works as a RN.

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Being certified should not be a reason to not float. BEing certified only means you have passed a test....no extra clinical skills. And if it means you are a better nurse, maybe the ceritified nurses should be the ones who have to float, instead of the rest, who aren't as "smart."

In a nutshell, nobody should be exempt but the unit that provides the floats (in our case it's the Birth Center) needs to be properly staffed before they pull a nurse. And in our case, sometimes they try to pull a nurse and want the charge nurse to have someone else come in extra. On principal, I won't be a part of that.

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traumaRUs has 25 years experience as a MSN, APRN and works as a Asst Community Manager @ allnurses.

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Basing something about your job on your age is just asking for badness.

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Caffeine_IV has 7 years experience and works as a RN-med/surg.

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It doesn't sound like a good idea to me. Most people don't like to float and that is why we rotate it for all staff.

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ibme works as a RN.

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I am sorry, but if you are too old or unable to do the job than you shouldn't be working. Or get a doctors note...this is nursing, we new what we were getting into.

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