Specialty - Critical Care Float Pool (CCFP) The Float Pool allows experienced RNs an opportunity to work on a variety of units, choosing Medical/Surgical or Critical Care specialization. Float Pool nurses enjoy the freedom of working in many different environments. RNs must have at least two years of experience in their area of specialization to work in the Float Pool. Find out what Bob Cox says about working in Critical Care Float Pool Bob Cox, RN Background I graduated from Tarrant County College in Texas with an AAS degree in Nursing. However, I began my career in the medical field as an EMT-P in 1983 while working toward my biology degree. I was introduced to nursing in 1988 by my mother, who was a nurse, thinking it would be a good adjunct to my education in the field of medicine and my eventual goal of medical school. Twenty + years later, here I am. Over the years, I’ve worn many hats including charge nurse in both ED and ICU settings. I’ve also been a supervisor, a manager and have worked in areas such as Pre-Op, Pacu, PICU, NICU, Interventional Radiology, the Cath Lab, Floor Nursing Units and the GI lab. Time & Career at Highland Hospital I’ve been employed as a nurse in Highland Hospital’s Critical Care Float Pool (CCFP) for four years. Role As a Critical Care Float Pool Nurse The Critical Care Float Pool is a unit made up of well-trained and experienced nurses who have the unique ability to adjust, or “float,” between several different critical care areas across the nursing spectrum – often within the same shift. This ability makes us, I believe, a valuable resource to the hospital – not from just a staffing perspective, but as a resource of information, as well. We “see” from many different angles of nursing. As a member of the of the CCFP team, I’m first and foremost a bedside nurse. Philosophy of Care My philosophy is simple. Treat every patient with respect and dignity. Give patients what you have to give. Treat them as though you would treat a relative or as you yourself would wish to be treated. Our patients come to us, not knowing anything about us, and rely on us to take care of them fully. To me, that takes a certain amount of faith. Let’s not disappoint them. What I Like Best About My Job I enjoy interacting with both patients and fellow staff members across a wide range of care settings. Every day, I learn something new. It may not be monumental, but it’s instrumental in making me the best possible nurse I can be.