float nurse

float nurse

a nurse who is available for assignment to duty on an ad hoc basis, usually to assist in times of unusually heavy workloads or to assume the duties of absent nursing personnel. A float nurse is recruited from a group of nurses called a float pool. Also called contingent nurse. See also nurses' registry.
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This makes it difficult to ensure every float nurse or PCT on the project unit will be adherent.
I am Wonder Nurse I wonder when the MD will call me back; I wonder when the float nurse will arrive; I wonder what I just changed my password to; I wonder how my patient can't remember their name but can remember my phone number, all shift long; I often wonder why I wonder.
I took a position as a float nurse within the cardiac/critical care program at the Health Sciences Centre in St.
I then went on to work in acute surgery and as a float nurse in med/surg.
There was also a float nurse that could be called to help at night, but she had to cover the entire hospital.
Even though the float nurse was not disciplined or reprimanded by either the hospital or the state board of nursing, she has not practiced as a RN since the day Benny died.
patient race, age, sex, diagnosis; and nurse characteristics such demographics, experience, contract or float nurse status, and which hospital the patient was located).
Float nurse preceptors receive needed education to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to precept a GN successfully and the support needed for the task.
Knowledge of the float regulations would have required that the involved hospital had ensured that a float nurse to pediatrics understood that medication dosages were weight dependent and that calculations were required prior to drug administration.
Unfortunately, the expectation often may be that the float nurse takes sole responsibility for his or her success in each new work environment, including addressing areas of concern, asking for assistance, and verbalizing feelings of discomfort (Hemann & Davidson, 2012).
We have a float nurse who helps the other nurses, and one of her functions is to administer medications.
A float nurse should have a broad nursing background with knowledge in a variety of disease processes (Kissinger, 2003).