To Float or Not to Float

Ask any experienced travel nurse and they’ll tell you that at some point, you’ll likely be asked to float. Unfortunately, “floating” has become the organic chemistry equivalent for the working RN – a real angst-inducer.

I know it’s uncomfortable to float. I’ve been there. However, if you want to expand your skill set, hone your critical thinking and increase your sense of independence, you have to be willing to endure the awkwardness and discomfort that comes with trying something new. As the saying goes…

“The comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”

 Top 5 Reasons to Float

In addition to personal growth, you’ll also discover that there are many reasons to be a float nurse. We asked our nurses for their opinions, and here’s what they had to say:

#1 You get experience in different units

Perhaps you’re a PACU nurse asked to work in the Stepdown Unit. Or, maybe you’re a Labor & Delivery nurse being asked to work in Postpartum or the Mother/Baby unit. Diversifying your experiences as a nurse can only help to deepen your skills, strengthen your resume and make you more marketable. Also, you just might fall in love with a unit you’d never even considered.

#2 Float experience is impressive to hiring managers

Seeing “travel nurse” on a resume is highly appealing to hiring managers. It denotes a high level of clinical skill, in addition to personal attributes like flexibility, adaptability, and dependability. Furthermore, seeing “float travel nurse” conveys an even greater degree of all the above characteristics. Float nurses have to be a bit more flexible, a little extra adaptable, and highly dependable if hospitals are going to rely on them to work in different units and sometimes even different facilities.

#3 You’re less likely to get called off or sent home 

Nurses fear being sent home early from a shift or getting called off altogether. However, this typically isn’t a concern for float nurses. Hospitals know that they can send a float nurse to whatever unit is in need of additional staffing and he/she will adapt quickly.

#4 Floating pays well

Hospitals often offer higher pay rates for float positions in the hopes of offsetting additional staffing challenges. In some cases, floating can pay 15 percent more than the average traveler salary rate. If you’re considering travel nursing to maximize your earning potential, you should definitely consider floating.

#5 Floating brings lots of variety and a fast pace

There is never a dull moment when you’re a floating travel nurse. Each day brings the potential for experiences in a different unit, the chance to learn from new people, and the opportunity to provide care to different patients.

At TaleMed, we hire the best. As a result, you should accept floating without complaints. You’re getting an amazing opportunity for personal growth!

Advice from Susan

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