Department of Surgical Nursing Floating Questionnaire

May 15, 2014 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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When hospitals are short of nurses, an often-used practice is to "float," or reassign, nurses from one unit to another; however, just as an inadequately staffed unit presents a liability exposure, so does floating a nurse who lacks the specific knowledge, skills, and expertise required for the unit to which he or she has been reassigned.

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