I pick the days that I'm dumped on.... - page 3

As a float nurse, I'm 10 for 10 as far as being dumped on. The managers say that it shouldn't be that way but nothing changes. I reported my concerns verbally and filed my complaints in writing. Yet... Read More

  1. by   CABG patch kid
    It's been interesting for me. I just started working float after working in my facility for 5 years. I know a lot of people there and that's probably why I don't get dumped on. I heard that another float resigned because of the way she was treated, coming in as a new hire during a very bad time (lots of politics going down right now). Float pool is new to my facility though, most nurses don't want anything to do with it and I'm constantly questioned about my position. I'm happy but I can see where things can go downhill quickly if you don't stand up for yourself. Any unit I work in, I've had charge nurses backing me (like if management wants me pulled to another floor) and I'm treated no differently than the "regulars". I hope anyone else who joins ranks with me will be treated respectfully.
  2. by   squatmunkie_RN
    Aren't you paid more an hour than the staff nurse who doesn't float? Not an excuse to get an unsafe patient load...but you chose to float. And I think sometimes the nurses on the floor are worked so hard that when the float nurse comes in everyone tries to get rid of the problem patient.

    I remember once the floor was short because a nurse was sick, had almost passed out and needed to go home. I came in so my friend could go home. Got there at about 10am and nothing was done. I understood that she was sick and couldn't even stand w/o being dizzy, but nearly every other nurse including the charge was sitting at the station when I got there. So at 10a START to get report then I had to pull all 9a meds and give them. Not one nurse (who wasn't busy) cared enough to pick at least 1 pt and give those meds. I was so behind the entire AM.

    Then the census drops low at about 11:30. Naturally I thought they'd send me home (I was a team player I came in to help). The NM said that due to productivity a nurse needed to leave now, and since I hadn't charted yet I couldn't go (or stay on the clock to chart). I was so angry. I will NEVER EVER come in when called like that again. NEVER.

    My point I guess is nursing su cks for everyone. We all get dumped on.
  3. by   Designer NP
    What degree are you going for, if you don't mind me asking?
  4. by   Riseupandnurse
    My hat is off to the float pool nurses. Floating is the absolute worst part about bedside nursing in a hospital, IMHO. Even when I was treated well, which was almost always, because there was so much about the floor and the doctors I didn't really know. I always treated floaters very well to the best of my ability because what goes around comes around.
  5. by   LadyFree28
    Quote from Julia77063
    My unit doesn't dump on float pool because they can't admit CVICU cases but I have heard it happens on the floors....but the float pool nurses get paid $8.00 extra an hour. I think some of the nurses are jealous; I just say don't hate, participate
    ^I always quote the same "don't hate" mantra...never had a problem as a float, or when I was working agency. Set the tone, suggest you are open to giving out your agency info, then do your thing...had the best experience with that intro...people had no issue helping me out or getting me used to a unit...no problems at ALL.