A common method to address staffing shortages is the use of float nurses. This short-term resolution is not without its issues. When float nurses are unfamiliar with the assigned patient population or when there is little time for unit orientation, unnecessary anxiety and undue stress can affect the staff, healthcare providers, and, most importantly, the patients. Developing creative and informative tools to guide the float nurse during their shift can be beneficial to all involved.
Janey A. Roach, MSN, RN, ONC, Faculty, St. Margaret School of Nursing, UPMC St. Margaret Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.
Lisa M. Tremblay, MSN, CRNP, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.
Jessica Carter, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Orthopaedic Clinician, UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.