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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 70 matching Float Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatHarney District Hospital
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Critical Access Hospital
Burns, Oregon
Harney District Hospital
a month ago
Great opportunity to learn more about rural healthcare!
$2,700/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatCare Team Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Sanford Fargo Medicla Center
Fargo, North Dakota
Care Team Solutions
17 days ago
$2,950/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatNext Move Inc
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Springfield, Missouri
Next Move Inc
3 days ago
$2,938/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatTravel Nurses, Inc.
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Syracuse, New York
Travel Nurses, Inc.
3 days ago
$2,765/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Pueblo, Colorado
KPG Healthcare
8 hours ago
$2,691/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Pueblo, Colorado
KPG Healthcare
11 hours ago
$2,691/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatTravel Nurses, Inc.
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Muncie, Indiana
Travel Nurses, Inc.
3 days ago
$2,534/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatTravel Nurses, Inc.
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Muncie, Indiana
Travel Nurses, Inc.
3 days ago
$2,534/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatTravel Nurses, Inc.
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Muskegon, Michigan
Travel Nurses, Inc.
3 days ago
$2,419/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Seattle, Washington
KPG Healthcare
17 hours ago
$2,363/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Fargo, North Dakota
Ardor Health Solutions
9 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 ...
$2,315/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bismarck, North Dakota
Ardor Health Solutions
18 hours ago
Location: Bismarck, ND Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Float - Float to join our travel team in Bismarck, ND! This is a full time travel contract position. Requ ...
$2,315/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bismarck, North Dakota
Ardor Health Solutions
18 hours ago
Location: Bismarck, ND Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Float - Float to join our travel team in Bismarck, ND! This is a full time travel contract position. Requ ...
$2,315/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatSynergy Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bismarck, North Dakota
Synergy Medical Staffing
2 days ago
$2,243/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatTravel Nurses, Inc.
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Sioux City, Iowa
Travel Nurses, Inc.
3 days ago
$2,189/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatNext Move Inc
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Saint Louis, Missouri
Next Move Inc
16 hours ago
$2,179/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatNext Move Inc
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Saint Louis, Missouri
Next Move Inc
16 hours ago
$2,179/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatADN Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Sanford Medical Center
Bismarck, North Dakota
ADN Healthcare
20 hours ago
$2,173/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatADN Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Sanford Medical Center
Bismarck, North Dakota
ADN Healthcare
a day ago
$2,173/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Ardor Health Solutions
17 hours ago
Location: ALBUQUERQUE, NM Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Float - Float to join our travel team in ALBUQUERQUE, NM! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
$1,591/wk
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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 Tuesday, May 18th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Float Nurse is $2,145, but can pay up to $2,950 per week.

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Posted on Feb 20, 2021
One of the biggest benefits of travel nursing is being able to move around freely and explore the country, often making significantly more money than you would as a staff nurse. Travel nursing pay is often based on demand for nurses, and travel nurses need to decide if you are willing to be flexible with…

Need for nurses in Indiana during pandemic raises their prospects for higher pay

Posted on Nov 25, 2020
Indiana’s rise in cases means there is a need for traveling nurses here in Indiana. In fact, Hundreds of those positions are open across the state right now. News8 David joining us now. The president of Indiana’s hospital association said increasing hospitalizations are putting a strain on hospitals which creates staffing shortages in Indiana and…

Day in the Life: COVID-19 ICU Nurse

Posted on Nov 11, 2020
As the nation’s daily count of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, we are again seeing a major demand for nurses and travel nurses in facilities across the country. For some of us, we have experienced this public health catastrophe in waves, while others have been working COVID crisis contracts since March. Either way, nurses have…

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Mynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Indiana University Health West Hospital
Avon, Indiana
Mynela Staffing
10 hours ago
$2,404/wk
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Destination Travelcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Avon, Indiana
Destination Travelcare
10 hours ago
$2,534/wk
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Next Move Inc
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Next Move Inc
3 days ago
$2,179/wk
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Charleston, South Carolina
Destination Travelcare
6 days ago
$2,203/wk
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Destination Travelcare
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Charleston, South Carolina
Destination Travelcare
6 days ago
$2,203/wk
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Charleston, South Carolina
KPG Healthcare
6 days ago
$1,377/wk
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Charleston, South Carolina
KPG Healthcare
6 days ago
$1,377/wk
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Next Move Inc
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Saint Louis, Missouri
Next Move Inc
3 days ago
$2,179/wk
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Access Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Mary and Elizabeth Hospital
Louisville, Kentucky
Access Healthcare
16 hours ago
$2,295/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Float
Boston, Massachusetts
Healthcare Support
2 months ago
$3,411/wk
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