I would like to know are there any recent nursing school graduates or nurses who have worked as a float nurse? I do not seem to hear much about this area of nursing. Is float nursing the type of position that a recent nursing school graduate should take on? or should a recent graduate have a particular area of nursing in mind to work in? Is there a need for float nurses? What are the good/bad points about the above type of nursing?
Apr 24, '03
One hospital I worked in tried new grads in the float pool and it was a DISASTER. Turnover was so bad they couldn't seem to keep any of them for more than a few months. I think a new grad needs to find a home in the first year or so she's out of school, then start moving around. Float nurses were expected to know their stuff and not take up the regular staff's time with a bunch of questions and that just wasn't possible for a new grad working on 5 different floors. The experienced nurses do well and they are mostly the type that would get bored coming into the same unit everyday, plus they have no trouble staying out of the unit politics and gossip.
Last edit by fergus51 on Apr 24, '03
May 1, '03
I appreciated all of your responses to my question on working as a float nurse as a new student nurse graduate. What was I thinking? I probably would drive myself crazy trying to learn everything that I needed to working on all those different nursing units. From reading some of your posts it does not sound like float nursing would be a wise choice for me to make after graduating from nursing school; given all the skills that I would have to know working on so many different areas. I think that med-surgical nursing seems like a a more prudent choice for me to consider. I am still taking my prerequites, I have a few semester left. I WILL GET THERE! GOD WILLING! I have spoken with several nursing students and instructors as to wether or not a nursing student fresh out of school should work in medical surgical nursing before they chose a specialty area to go into. I have found that most nursing instructors say yes to med-surgical for their new graduates. On the other hand some nursing students with whome I have spoken with do not feel that med-surgical nursing is not necessary for a new graduate. What are the advantages/ disadvantages if any of not going into med-surgical nursing after graduationg from nursing school? I would like to hear from any new and experienced nurses on this issue.
I am sorry that I am longwinded and that I ask a lot of questions I feel that the more I know now the better off I will be once I enter into nursing school. Thank you for your time
Last edit by giggles66 on May 1, '03