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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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.
We have a float nurse who helps the other nurses, and one of her functions is to administer medications.
Agency nurses, float nurses and new nurse employees use laminated copies of their unit's patient attribute lists as a tool to specify attributes for their assigned patients.
Measures that combine part- and full-time nurses to estimate fulltime equivalent effort often make assumptions that mis-estimate the true number of hours worked per week (both for full- and part-time nurses) and may overlook float nurses.
Many of our internal float nurses, what we refer to as "HOP" nurses, would go to each floor to examine each needs list and sign up only for those assignments and floors they preferred to work," explains Scott Huska, clinical staffing coordinator at Beaufort Memorial.