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Take the Plunge: Expanding the Float Pool to "Closed" Units
Nursing Management (1999)
  • Noel M Kerr, PhD, RN, CMSRN, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Brenda Hardy
  • Karen Meskimen

Techniques were developed based on nursing staff input to improve floating at a 500-bed trauma center when the practice was expanded to include units that were previously closed. Written fact sheets were prepared for each unit, and a buddy system was implemented for all floats. A study was conducted to identify the effects of these and other interventions designed to improve nurses' experience of floating.

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Nursing Management is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins,
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Noel M Kerr, Brenda Hardy and Karen Meskimen. "Take the Plunge: Expanding the Float Pool to "Closed" Units" Nursing Management Vol. 30 Iss. 1 (1999)
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