I am a LPN in the med/surg float pool at a large hospital. I float to medicine, surgical, ortho, oncology, gyn, ER , telemetry and sometimes very rarely as a extra pair of hands in the delivery room( starting IV's, assisting with c-sections and helping patients during labor never have an assignment there ). I was given a 2 month nursing orientation on the surgical floor, and 2 days orientation on each unit. I had already worked at the hospital as a CNA and a nurse extern so I got to skip the basics. I usually work the 3-11p shift. I am currently an RN student as well, so it is good experience for me to be exposed to different areas of the hospital. If I am on a floor and they need to float someone 9 times out of 10 it is me. This is part of the job. One night I had a very heavy post op assignment. One of my patients needed a blood trans, another needed platelets, one had a epideral ( I think that is spelled right?) and the other had a lot of IV push meds. all procedures a LPN cannot initiate, or due but some you can maintain. I have had assignments like this before. I swap tasks with the RN and everything get's done. Well at 7:15pm the supervisor told me I needed to float to another floor at 7:30 so a RN can take over my patients. At first I was thinking to myself, you are kidding me, it is the middle of the shift and we (Meaning the RN's and I) had it all worked out. How annoying. I then took two minutes to myself in the middle of the chaos and said floating will benefit my patients and my RN coworkers. They are better off having a RN take over my assignment because the RN's can do the tasks without jepordizing there patients. It all worked out in the end. I was then floated to another floor and drew blood and started IV's on pre-op patients so my tasks were needed elsewhere. It all worked out to benafit everyone I feel. Myself, my patients and my coworkers. I have seen that a lot of nurses do not share the same belief I did that night. But we are their for our patients and that is what my focus was. Also the nursing supervisor did a good call floating me that night. There have been other times I can remember when I was a CNA I had to float. When I was not in the float pool. It never really bothered me. You just feel out of your comfort zone for a while. If the floor is very short staffed, anyone is welcomed usually. I like floating to sifferent units, I enjoy the challenge each day. When I graduate in May this year as a RN, I do not want to be in the float pool. Hope this helped you!