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 42 matching Float Nurse jobs.

View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - FloatFocus Staff
Registered Nurse (RN) - Float
West Des Moines, Iowa
Focus Staff
4 days ago
$45-50/hr
Permanent position
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View job details for Per Diem Nurse RN - FloatCross Country Healthcare
Per Diem Nurse RN - Float
Transitional Care Unit, 8hr. PM shift
Stoughton, Massachusetts
Cross Country Healthcare
5 days ago
Cross Country Healthcare – Exclusive Massachusetts Resource Pool (perm or temp to perm float pool position) Real flexibility with flexible weekend shift options and more! Minimum ...
$52/hr
Per Diem
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View job details for Per Diem Nurse RN - FloatCross Country Healthcare
Per Diem Nurse RN - Float
Transitional Care Unit, 8hr. PM shift
Stoughton, Massachusetts
Cross Country Healthcare
5 days ago
Cross Country Healthcare – Exclusive Massachusetts Resource Pool (perm or temp to perm float pool position) Real flexibility with flexible weekend shift options and more! Minimum ...
$52/hr
Per Diem
I'm interested
View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - FloatCross Country Healthcare
Registered Nurse (RN) - Float
Transitional Care Unit, 8hr. PM shift
Stoughton, Massachusetts
Cross Country Healthcare
5 days ago
Cross Country Healthcare – Exclusive Massachusetts Resource Pool (perm or temp to perm float pool position) Real flexibility with flexible weekend shift options and more! Minimum ...
$48-56/hr
Permanent position
I'm interested
View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - FloatCross Country Healthcare
Registered Nurse (RN) - Float
Transitional Care Unit, 8hr. PM shift
Stoughton, Massachusetts
Cross Country Healthcare
5 days ago
Cross Country Healthcare – Exclusive Massachusetts Resource Pool (perm or temp to perm float pool position) Real flexibility with flexible weekend shift options and more! Minimum ...
$48-56/hr
Permanent position
I'm interested
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
6 days ago
$5,400/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
6 days ago
$5,045/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Fargo, North Dakota
Ardor Health Solutions
6 hours ago
Location: Fargo, ND Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Float - Float to join our travel team in Fargo, ND! This is a full time travel contract position. Requiremen ...
$4,524/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Mission Viejo, California
Ardor Health Solutions
2 months ago
Location: Mission Viejo, CA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Float - Float to join our travel team in Mission Viejo, CA! This is a full time travel contract posit ...
$4,082/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatCross Country Nurses
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Clifton Springs, New York
Cross Country Nurses
a month 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 ...
$3,900/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Ardor Health Solutions
2 days ago
Location: OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Float - Float to join our travel team in OKLAHOMA CITY, OK! This is a full time travel contract posit ...
$3,742/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Ardor Health Solutions
2 days ago
Location: OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Float - Float to join our travel team in OKLAHOMA CITY, OK! This is a full time travel contract posit ...
$3,742/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
San Diego, California
Ardor Health Solutions
13 days ago
Location: San Diego, CA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Float - Float to join our travel team in San Diego, CA! This is a full time travel contract position. Re ...
$3,696/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatJackson Nurse Professionals
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Baltimore, Maryland
Jackson Nurse Professionals
18 days ago
We're hiring a Float Pool Registered Nurse with experience caring for patients during times of unusually heavy workloads, providing nursing care within their scope of practice and ...
$3,340/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatJackson Nurse Professionals
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bessemer, Alabama
Jackson Nurse Professionals
6 days ago
We're hiring a Float Pool Registered Nurse with experience caring for patients during times of unusually heavy workloads, providing nursing care within their scope of practice and ...
$3,037/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatCatapult Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
United Regional Health Care System
Wichita Falls, Texas
Catapult Healthcare
19 days ago
$2,872/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Charleston, South Carolina
Ardor Health Solutions
13 days ago
Location: Charleston, SC Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Float - Float to join our travel team in Charleston, SC! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
$2,835/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatCatapult Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Indiana University Health West Hospital
Avon, Indiana
Catapult Healthcare
19 days ago
$2,430/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Mission Viejo, California
Ardor Health Solutions
14 hours ago
Location: Mission Viejo, CA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Float - Float to join our travel team in Mission Viejo, CA! This is a full time travel contract posit ...
$2,328/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatCatapult Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
St. Joseph Regional
Bryan, Texas
Catapult Healthcare
19 days ago
$1,988/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested

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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 Wednesday, October 20th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Float Nurse is $3,258, but can pay up to $5,400 per week.

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Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bend, Oregon
Ardor Health Solutions
2 months 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 ...
$3,231/wk
Travel contract
Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bend, Oregon
Ardor Health Solutions
2 months 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 ...
$2,693/wk
Travel contract
Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Jacksonville, Florida
Ardor Health Solutions
8 days ago
Location: Jacksonville, FL Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Float - Float to join our travel team in Jacksonville, FL! This is a full time travel contract positio ...
$1,383/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Float
Jacksonville, Florida
Ardor Health Solutions
a day ago
Location: Jacksonville, FL Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Float - Float to join our travel team in Jacksonville, FL! This is a full time travel contract positio ...
$1,383/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bangor, Maine
Destination Travelcare
14 hours ago
$4,896/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bangor, Maine
Destination Travelcare
14 hours ago
$4,406/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bangor, Maine
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14 hours ago
$4,406/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bangor, Maine
Destination Travelcare
14 hours ago
$3,917/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Float
Lafayette, Indiana
Destination Travelcare
14 hours ago
$3,672/wk
Travel contract
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Lafayette, Indiana
Destination Travelcare
14 hours ago
$3,672/wk
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