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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 185 matching Float Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatNext Move Inc
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Festus, Missouri
Next Move Inc
2 days ago
$3,900/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatNext Move Inc
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Festus, Missouri
Next Move Inc
2 days ago
$3,900/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatCareStaff Partners
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bismarck, North Dakota
CareStaff Partners
2 days ago
The Assignment: Job #104913 Carestaff Partners is seeking a Registered Nurse (RN) for a critical travel or local contract position with an Hospital Bismarck, North Dakota. Speci ...
$3,829/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bismark, North Dakota
KPG Healthcare
15 days ago
$3,700/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Chandler, Arizona
Lead Healthstaff
3 days ago
We need a MS/Tele Float Pool Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $3633.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lea ...
$3,633/wk
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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
$3,541/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Toledo, Ohio
Ardor Health Solutions
a day ago
Location: Toledo, OH Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Ardor Health is looking for a ED FLOAT RN to join our team in Toledo, OH. For more information, or to be con ...
$3,434/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Syracuse, New York
Ardor Health Solutions
a day ago
Location: SYRACUSE, NY Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Float - Float to join our travel team in SYRACUSE, NY! This is a full time travel contract position. Requ ...
$2,894/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Syracuse, New York
Ardor Health Solutions
a day ago
Location: SYRACUSE, NY Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Float - Float to join our travel team in SYRACUSE, NY! This is a full time travel contract position. Requ ...
$2,894/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
a day 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 ...
$2,864/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
a day 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 ...
$2,864/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Toledo, Ohio
Ardor Health Solutions
a day ago
Location: Toledo, OH Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Ardor is looking for a ED FLOAT RN to join our team in Toledo, OH! For more information, or to be considered ...
$2,575/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Zanesville, Ohio
KPG Healthcare
a day ago
$2,340/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Tallahassee, Florida
KPG Healthcare
12 hours ago
$2,334/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatCoast Medical Service
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Brighton, Massachusetts
Coast Medical Service
21 hours ago
2+ Years of recent and relevant experience in specialty
$2,165/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Austin, Texas
KPG Healthcare
19 hours ago
$1,989/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatMynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Stanford Health
Pleasanton, California
Mynela Staffing
18 hours ago
$1,949/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatMynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Stanford Health
Pleasanton, California
Mynela Staffing
18 hours ago
$1,949/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Waterloo, Iowa
KPG Healthcare
18 hours ago
$585/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - FloatKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Waterloo, Iowa
KPG Healthcare
18 hours ago
$585/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested

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What are the best agencies for Float Nurse jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most Float Nurse jobs are KPG Healthcare (27), Ardor Health Solutions (25), and Next Move Inc (22).

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 Thursday, August 5th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Float Nurse is $2,672, but can pay up to $3,900 per week.

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Posted on Jun 24, 2021
Travel nurses and other temporary healthcare workers are used to fill temporary holes in staffing while the facilities hire new workers, or to help cover another staff member’s leave. Hospitals, long term care facilities, home health systems, clinics, and many other sites hire travelers to help them fill their schedules. Travel nurses usually work for…
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How to Make the Most Money as a Travel Nurse

Posted on Jun 20, 2021
So many factors contribute to the income of a travel nurse. Variables like specialty, location, tax-free stipend eligibility, and housing situation can all have an effect on the take-home salary of a travel nurse. We’ve put together the ultimate guide to help you make the most as possible!  Use Vivian! Vivian works with multiple agencies,…

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CareStaff Partners
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Pueblo, Colorado
CareStaff Partners
4 days ago
$2,691/wk
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Next Move Inc
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Saint Louis, Missouri
Next Move Inc
2 days ago
$2,995/wk
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Coast Medical Service
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Brighton, Massachusetts
Coast Medical Service
3 days ago
2+ Years of recent and relevant experience in specialty
$1,624/wk
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Ethos Medical Staffing
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Ethos Medical Staffing
3 days ago
$3,065/wk
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Mynela Staffing
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Abrazo West Campus
Phoenix, Arizona
Mynela Staffing
2 days ago
$1,721/wk
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Bellevue, Washington
KPG Healthcare
7 days ago
$2,353/wk
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Next Move Inc
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Joplin, Missouri
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2 days ago
$2,925/wk
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Advantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Joplin, Missouri
Advantis Medical
3 days ago
$1,843/wk
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Access Healthcare
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United Regional Health Care System
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a day ago
$3,510/wk
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Float
Pueblo, Colorado
KPG Healthcare
2 days ago
$2,691/wk
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