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A Float Nurse, also often known as a Travel Nurse or Resource Nurse, is a versatile healthcare professional who provides temporary staffing support across various units or departments within a healthcare facility. Float nurses are skilled in adapting to different patient populations, care settings and medical specialties. They play a crucial role in maintaining patient care continuity and


To become a Float RN, individuals must complete a nursing program and obtain a nursing license. The educational background required is typically a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, which takes around four years to complete. Nursing programs can be pursued at accredited universities, colleges, or nursing schools. These programs cover subjects such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology

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Related certifications

To apply for a Float Nurse position, candidates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to obtain their nursing license. Additionally, some healthcare facilities may require additional certifications, such as Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS). Prior experience in acute care settings or diverse clinical areas

State licenses process and requirements

All 50 states require state licensure to become a professional nurse. Review the step-by-step process to obtain or renew your RN license in each one.
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Success as a Float RN relies on a combination of knowledge, hard and soft skills and abilities. Float nurses should possess a strong clinical background, critical thinking skills and the ability to quickly adapt to new situations. They must be proficient in various medical procedures, medication administration and patient assessment. Excellent communication, teamwork and organizational skills are crucial, as Float

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Staff and Travel Float RNs have diverse responsibilities, including providing direct patient care, administering medications, monitoring vital signs and assisting with procedures. They collaborate with healthcare teams to develop and implement patient care plans. Float nurses also play a key role in patient education, providing support and guidance to both patients and their families. In addition, Float RNs

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The average salary for a Float Nurse is $2,024.08 per week.

Last updated on July 22, 2024. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons


  • Opportunity to gain diverse clinical experience and knowledge.

  • Competitive compensation and benefits.

  • Flexibility in choosing work assignments and locations.

  • Exposure to different healthcare settings and patient populations.

  • Enhanced adaptability, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.


  • Frequent changes in work environment and routines.

  • Need to quickly adapt to new healthcare facilities and procedures.

  • Potential for longer work hours and irregular schedules.

  • Limited time for building long-term patient relationships.

  • Pressure to learn

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Float Nurse Jobs

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Float Med Surg
Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Float Med Surg

  • Rochester, NY
  • Care Team Solutions
  • 4x12 hrs
  • Referral Bonus


View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Float Med Surg
Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Float Med Surg

  • Rochester, NY
  • PHP
  • 4x12 hrs, Nights


View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Float Pediatrics
Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Float Pediatrics

  • Madison, WI
  • Ethos Medical Staffing
  • 5x8 hrs, Days


Posted 5 days ago
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Float ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Float ICU - Intensive Care Unit

  • New Haven, CT
  • Planet Healthcare
  • 4x12 hrs, Nights
  • Referral Bonus


Posted 4 days ago

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