Floating Policy Help Needed

  1. Does anyone out there work in a hospital that has a "closed" critical care float policy, that is, a policy where CC nurses only float to CC areas? I am currently on a committee that will be submitting a proposal to our hospital's Staffing Advisory Committee for closed floating. If anyone has such a policy in place, please leave a message here or e-mail me. Thanks!
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  3. by   RoadRunner
    We try to do that in my facility about three years ago and the proposition was actually stopped by the union (don't get me started on this one....).
    IMO, it would have been a great way to help nursing shortage among CC units. I wonder if that is the main reason of the proposition in your case.
    Keep us posted would you?
  4. by   RNonsense
    We have CC floats in our hospital...I'm a bit confused by you enquiry. What is the policy now? Do they actually send CC nurses to wards? Or *egads* med-surg floats to CC areas?
  5. by   HazelLPN
    Our hospital has floating "clusters" where critical care nurses float only to the ICUs, surgical nurses only float to surgical floors, and medical nurses only float to medical floors and everyone can float to the ER but nobody floats to the OR. If there is a crisis situation or emergency need as determined by the nursing supervisor, then it is possible for a non cluster nurse to be mandated to float out of her cluster. Also, a nurse may volunteer to float ourside of her cluster if she is to be floated but there is no need for her in the cluster. When volunteers come down from the floors to the ICU they usually do a great job. We have a practice calld PIP (partners in practice) where a nurse from the floor teams up with a nurse from the unit. That way the float nurse does not take her own assignment . Usually they take 3 patients who are on a 1:2 care. She functions more as an extra pair of hands but that way they can participate appropriate to their skill level. This is also how we handle our nurse techs and NAIIs who work in the unit. Ocassionally, an experienced floor nurse may take her own assignement if she feels comfortable or if we have low acuity patients to give her ( or him)
  6. by   JACook1
    We have 5 units, MICU/CCU, SICU, NTICU, & Step-Down. When you are oriented to our hospital as a CC nurse, you must be able to float in this cluster if your home unit is overstaffed and other units need help. It works fine, but most other units hate floating to neuro-trauma, they think we have crazy patients...

    Jaime A. Cook RN,BSN,CNRN