Floating: sink or swim.

  • L Pronger
  • Published 1995 in The Canadian nurse


Budget restrictions, fewer human resources and fluctuating patient populations have combined to increase the practice of floating general duty nurses. Floating occurs when a nurse from an overstaffed unit, based on patient load, is required to work in another unit that is understaffed. Floating is not a new practice, but it has always been an emotionally charged issue. Today, with more float pool nurses seeking the security of a permanent position in a home unit, the issue has increased in intensity.

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@article{Pronger1995FloatingSO, title={Floating: sink or swim.}, author={L Pronger}, journal={The Canadian nurse}, year={1995}, volume={91 11}, pages={28-32} }