I am currently in an ADN program from which I hope to graduate in December. We have to write a management paper and the subject I've chosen is about "floating" to other units. I would appreciate any opinions, feelings, experiences, suggestions, comments, etc. that anyone might have time to submit. Do you feel floating should be an option? If you float, do you float within certain units or hospital wide? Are you given any type of orientation before floating? How do the other units treat you when you float? I know everyone has busy, busy lives, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and have a great day!!
Nov 12, '02
I forgot to say, at our hospital we are not allowed to refuse to float, or we can be fired. But we are allowed to refuse to take on patient assignments on floors we haven't been oriented to, that's why we function like aides.
It has become a VERY contensious issue in our hospital because we "specialty" nurses are expected to float EVERYWHERE! But, med-surg nurses are not expected to float to our unit because they aren't "specialty" nurses and neither are psych, rehab or peds. Big bunch of crap if you ask me.
Last edit by fergus51 on Nov 12, '02