Floating for 1st LPN job?


I accepted a position in LTC. I'm going to be doing day/evening rotation. Which is fine. However, it seems that i'm going to be floating. I have my license, but this is my first LPN position. I was never told upfront that I would be floating. I went into a meeting the other day and this lady said, "so you will be floating". I was like, I don't know. I've been on 2 different units/floors after 2 days of orientation. I go in later today and will probably be somewhere I haven't been yet. I'm not happy about this at all. I have enough to deal with trying to learn all the paperwork and the residents and the med pass, etc and I'm expected to float at my very first nursing job right off the back. I would have never taken this position if I would have known that. I don't know what to do.

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Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience.

How many different units does this facility have? If it's only 2 or 3 this is not unusual for the new nurse on the staff in LTC. Let them know you want a permanent assignment as soon as one comes available or quit. I've worked in LTC where the DON's had the charge nurses change units every 6 months or so just so that we were all familiar with all the patients.


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The DON told what units i'd be on and when. So in a 2 week period i'll be on atleast 4 different units...3 days i'm an extra nurse so I could end up being somewhere but those 4 units I float to. I'm not too happy about this needless to say. I should have been told this up front.

Specializes in Home Health, PDN, LTC, subacute. Has 18 years experience.

I'm a new LPN grad working in LTC too. I float day/evening shift. We have 3 units and I float between 2. Try it out. It's stressful, but I now know the ins/outs of about 90 residents!

Good luck and don't worry too much.

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