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should a new grad work a float position

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I recently interviewed with St.Barnabas. Does anyone know what involves a float nurse. They termed it "speciality float" I am unsure if it should be taken on by a new grad. I know I want med-surg.thanks:rolleyes:

I recently interviewed with St.Barnabas. Does anyone know what involves a float nurse. They termed it "speciality float" I am unsure if it should be taken on by a new grad. I know I want med-surg.thanks:rolleyes:

Hi..when your a float nurse it means that your given a special devise that allows you to make fast circuits (kind of like Harry Potter and Quiddish) without running into anyone and knocking them over. You also get a cape.

Being a float Nurse is also good for your feet, as u never have to touch the ground. A specialty float is a float that can go floor to floor without using stairwells or elevators. U get an added devise for that one that includes a safety harness. (I just couldn't resist).

Nurse Ratched, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics/Oncology/Psych/College Health.

Sounds like a specialty float would be extremely challenging for a new grad. I'd ask about the orientation period for such a position. I would think they would want someone familiar with the basics first. You really are requiring new grad orientation first, and orientation as a float then to all the floors you might be sent to.

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 28 years experience.

I wouldn't recommended it. Float nurses need to be organized, confident and able to walk into a variety of situations with flexibility. Best to work on all of that on one unit, get some skills and then join a float team. Good luck!

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