December 2007, Volume 37 Number 12 , p 17 - 17
Crowell-Grimme, Tina BSN; Garner, Lois A. CNA, BSN, MS
Tina Crowell-Grimme is a staff float nurse and Lois A. Garner is a clinical nurse-manager for resource and support services at Kettering (Ohio) Medical Center.
EVEN AN EXPERIENCED FLOAT nurse can encounter overwhelming challenges in an unfamiliar unit, as can any nurse working in a unit new to him. To help these nurses keep their heads above water, we launched a project called “Bringing Excellence to Variability” (BEV) in our 522-bed Magnet facility. (The acronym also honors the project's originator, Bev Martin.)
In this article, we'll describe how we developed a program to orient novice nurses and to keep our expert float nurses up-to-date on 21 patient-care units.
For float nurses (or any nurse who's not familiar with a particular unit), getting answers to simple but important questions can be time-consuming and frustrating. To tackle this problem, we sought ...