Travel Float Nurse Jobs

Float nurses are registered nurses who specialize in floating from unit to unit, moving to whichever unit has staffing shortages. They play an essential role in delivering safe patient care across all units and often solve staffing challenges. Float nursing is perfect for nurses who enjoy flexible work schedules and a variety of clinical experience. Travel nurses are often ideal in these positions since they’re essentially the ultimate float nurse.

Jobs for float nurses are abundant on Vivian with positions available at prestigious facilities in states across the country. 

We currently have 58 matching Float Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatContemporary Healthcare Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Meritus Medical Center (Hagerstown, MD 21742)
Hagerstown, Maryland
Contemporary Healthcare Solutions
8 days ago
$5,400/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Murrieta, California
Lead Healthstaff
2 days ago
We need a Emergency Room Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $5071.58 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead He ...
$5,071/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatProfessional Nursing Service
Travel Nurse RN - Float
St. Joseph Healthcare
Bangor, Maine
Professional Nursing Service
9 days ago
$5,045/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - Float
Murrieta, California
Lead Healthstaff
2 days ago
We need a Emergency Room Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $4926.52 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead He ...
$4,926/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Murrieta, California
Lead Healthstaff
2 days ago
We need a Emergency Room Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $4926.52 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead He ...
$4,926/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Floattrustaff
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Arcata, California
trustaff
17 hours ago
Float Pool Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract.The Float Pool Nurse is a versatile and experienced registered nurse responsible for floating to a variety of patient care ...
$4,512/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatADN Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Nebraska Medicine
Omaha, Nebraska
ADN Healthcare
2 days ago
$4,253/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Floattrustaff
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
trustaff
17 hours ago
Float Pool Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract.The Float Pool Nurse is a versatile and experienced registered nurse responsible for floating to a variety of patient care ...
$4,104/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - Float
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
trustaff
17 hours ago
Float Pool Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract.The Float Pool Nurse is a versatile and experienced registered nurse responsible for floating to a variety of patient care ...
$4,104/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - Float
Oakland, California
trustaff
17 hours ago
Float Pool Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract.The Float Pool Nurse is a versatile and experienced registered nurse responsible for floating to a variety of patient care ...
$4,104/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - Float
Oakland, California
trustaff
17 hours ago
Float Pool Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract.The Float Pool Nurse is a versatile and experienced registered nurse responsible for floating to a variety of patient care ...
$4,104/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Floattrustaff
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Hagerstown, Maryland
trustaff
17 hours ago
Float Pool Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract.The Float Pool Nurse is a versatile and experienced registered nurse responsible for floating to a variety of patient care ...
$4,104/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - Float
Coos Bay, Oregon
trustaff
17 hours ago
Float Pool Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract.The Float Pool Nurse is a versatile and experienced registered nurse responsible for floating to a variety of patient care ...
$3,528/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - Float
Greensboro, North Carolina
trustaff
17 hours ago
Float Pool Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract.The Float Pool Nurse is a versatile and experienced registered nurse responsible for floating to a variety of patient care ...
$3,420/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bend, Oregon
Ardor Health Solutions
2 days ago
Location: Bend, OR Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Float - Float to join our travel team in Bend, OR! This is a full time travel contract position. Requirements ...
$3,180/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bend, Oregon
Ardor Health Solutions
2 days ago
Location: Bend, OR Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Float - Float to join our travel team in Bend, OR! This is a full time travel contract position. Requirements ...
$3,180/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Floattrustaff
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Hartford, Connecticut
trustaff
17 hours ago
Float Pool Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract.The Float Pool Nurse is a versatile and experienced registered nurse responsible for floating to a variety of patient care ...
$2,952/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Float
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
trustaff
17 hours ago
Float Pool Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract.The Float Pool Nurse is a versatile and experienced registered nurse responsible for floating to a variety of patient care ...
$2,664/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatMedmetry
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Coshocton, Ohio
Medmetry
a day ago
$1,896/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - Float
Kingman, Arizona
trustaff
17 hours ago
Float Pool Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract.The Float Pool Nurse is a versatile and experienced registered nurse responsible for floating to a variety of patient care ...
$1,584/wk
Travel contract
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Float Nurse FAQs

What does a float nurse do?

Float nurses work in multiple areas and treat various types of patients each day. They generally have years of nursing experience with well-rounded nursing skills so they can hit the floor running, no matter which unit they’re assigned. Float nurse duties are very dynamic based on their patient assignments, which requires a multitude of nursing skills and quick adaptability. While their actual duties vary by facility and assigned unit, some basic duties they may perform include:

  • Providing patient care

  • Performing on-going clinical assessments

  • Recording patients’ vital signs

  • Documenting patient information relating to ongoing treatment

  • Reporting changes in condition to supervising nurse or physician

  • Administering medications and required treatments

  • Assisting with exams and procedures

  • Communicating with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare staff

  • Educating patients and families on diagnoses and treatments

  • Advocating for patients to ensure their safety

Where do float nurses work?

Nearly every hospital utilizes float nurses, so these facilities are their primary employers. Where they work within a hospital can greatly vary, even in a single shift. Hospital systems with multiple locations also may utilize a float pool that floats to different hospitals, as well as different units within each hospital. Float pool nurses usually cover med-surg and stepdown patients, while a critical care float pool cares for higher acuity patients.

Float nurses may be sent to various units, but they’re generally only sent to units in which they already have experience or units in which their acquired nursing skills easily transfer. However, they shouldn’t accept assignments so far outside their practice area that they can’t provide adequate care. This puts the patients’ safety and the nurse’s license at risk. For example, a nurse who previously only worked in the pediatric unit shouldn’t be assigned as a circulating nurse in the OR.

What skills make a good float nurse?

Good float nurses have a high degree of adaptability, flexibility, and nursing expertise that allow them to work in a variety of settings. They’re fast learners with sharp clinical assessment and communication skills. Because they work with an assortment of colleagues throughout a healthcare facility, they also have admirable teamwork skills. Highly competent float nurses work well under pressure, face new challenges head-on, and have excellent time management skills. Confidence, enthusiasm, resilience, and great interpersonal skills are other highly desirable traits in a good float nurse.

How to become a Travel Float Nurse

The first step towards a career as a travel float nurse is to become a registered nurse. At a minimum, this requires completing an associate degree in nursing, but many hospitals prefer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Graduates must complete the NCLEX-RN to become an RN and they’ll likely need Basic Life Support certification. Depending on the hospital and potential nursing roles, they may also need Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certification. Travel float nurse employers typically want applicants to have two or more years of float experience and some may require acute care experience.

How Much Do Float Nurse Jobs Pay?

Although every facility differs, it’s common for float nurses to earn higher hourly wages than nurses permanently assigned to a specific unit. For jobs available on Vivian as of Friday, October 22nd 2021, the average weekly salary for a Float Nurse is $3,540, but can pay up to $5,400 per week.

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Destination Travelcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bangor, Maine
Destination Travelcare
2 days ago
$4,896/wk
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Destination Travelcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bangor, Maine
Destination Travelcare
2 days ago
$4,406/wk
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Destination Travelcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bangor, Maine
Destination Travelcare
2 days ago
$4,406/wk
Travel contract
Destination Travelcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bangor, Maine
Destination Travelcare
24 days ago
$4,896/wk
Travel contract
Cunningham Elite Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bismarck, North Dakota
Cunningham Elite Staffing
a month ago
Experience with MS and Tele/Stepdown patients. Will float between all MS units and the progressive care unit
$4,935/wk
Travel contract
ADN Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Sanford Medical Center
Fargo, North Dakota
ADN Healthcare
2 months ago
$4,829/wk
Travel contract
Bestica
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Bestica
2 months ago
Travel Registered Nurse Med Surg Tele Float 13 Week Night - 12 Hour (7PM -7AM) Bestica is looking for a Registered Nurse Med Surg for our client in Fort Wayne, IN.                 ...
$4,388/wk
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Destination Travelcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Augusta, Maine
Destination Travelcare
2 months ago
$4,212/wk
Travel contract
Cross Country Nurses
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Gainesville, Florida
Cross Country Nurses
2 months ago
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
$4,175/wk
Travel contract
Cross Country Nurses
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
Tallahassee, Florida
Cross Country Nurses
a year ago
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
$3,560/wk
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