nurse float pool

DETROIT, MI – Nurses in a float pool at Henry Ford Hospital, led by Nurse Angela O’Donnell, are taking the lead and petitioning hospital leadership for the creation of an actual swimming pool in which to truly float for the purpose of curbing provider burnout.  With hospital staffing at an all-time low and increasing burnout amongst all healthcare providers, nearly all hospital employees are supportive of the measure, realizing that further loss of good hard-working individuals would be detrimental to patient care.

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“I learned early on, you gotta treat your nurses well, period,” said internist Gregory Price shortly after a patient yelled at him because his room had a TV without a remote.

“Nurses are so central to patient care.  After a long shift, I think all nurses deserve to relax in a pool, dare I say, float in one.  A nice Olympic-sized swimming pool.  They’ve earned it.”

Nurse Rhonda White echoes the same sentiments.

“Those poor doctors, their pagers go off like crazy,” said Nurse White as she held down a delirious patient, waiting for back-up and some Haldol.  “They run around like headless chickens.  They’re quitting left and right.  They need a break.  We all need a break.”

The idea of a swimming pool was born by accident.

Nurse O’Donnell, who started at Henry Ford just eleven months ago, asked a unit secretary about the existence of a nurse float pool, as she wanted greater flexibility in her work schedule and greater control of her hours.  The secretary jokingly responded, “I know of no swimming pool.”  Since then, Nurse O’Donnell has been fascinated by the idea of a therapeutic swimming pool to help not only nurses cope with increasing demands of their job, but all healthcare providers.

“It obviously wouldn’t be within the main hospital,” said Nurse O’Donnell.  “That would be disgusting.  Not with all the C. diff and MRSA hanging around.”

Nurse O’Donnell envisions a separate hospital wing for healthcare personnel only.  “I see it as a sort of wellness center,” she explains.  “It would start off with a large pool and water therapy.  But over time, as nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, doctors, social workers, everyone recovered and in turn provided better care, it would lead to better outcomes, better reimbursement.  Then we could work on implementing other amazing therapies, like jacuzzis, massage therapists, and spa treatments.  Yes, spa treatments!”

Nurse O’Donnell already has the backing of all staff physicians.

“Nurse Angela is onto something big here, burnout is real,” said intensivist Myra Waters while intubating a patient with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).  “Forget about bedside rounds or even liver rounds.  Imagine poolside rounds or yoga rounds.  I’m all in!  Cannonball!!!”

“There is nothing like calm water to put your mind at ease,” said psychiatrist Scott Tomlinson as his patient threw fecal matter against the wall.  “I wouldn’t mind being poolside right now.”

Though Nurse O’Donnell hasn’t given it much thought, she has not completely ruled out the possibility of a swim-up bar.

Hospital administration is reportedly willing to sit at the table and have discussions over the idea of a healing provider swimming pool.  That being said, Henry Ford Hospital CEO Jack Donelson admits he isn’t exactly warm to the idea.  Not yet anyway.  He also doesn’t know how to swim.

“Believe me, the last thing I want is unhappy nurses,” said Donelson, as he pitched his ball onto the 16th hole green at Boulder Pointe Golf Club.  “We’re struggling to make ends meet.  I just don’t think we have the resources to make it happen.”  Donelson would go on for triple bogey at the hole.

Nurse O’Donnell’s initiative keeps gaining more and more support and she vows to fight the good fight until the very end.

“It’s not about me, it’s about burnout in medicine as a whole,” added Nurse O’Donnell.  “Some fight fire with fire.  I say, we fight fire with water.  Pool water.”

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  • Karin Mason

    This sounds great!! Count me in!

  • Denise Boswell

    Just discovered this site… Awesome! As a retired RN with over 30 years practice, I can relate to so much of these… Keep up the good work!

  • Janet Andreas

    When Ronnie was in Venice hospital a few years ago, most of his nurses were floating nurses also. They were the most caring and competent nurses he had even though they did not have the security of working there full time. We, especially me, are very grateful for the care given to him. So thank you to them and to all full timers. You have a tough job and deserve a big thank you. And sure, a floating bar sounds good too! Lol love AJ

  • Elise Peterson

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  • Carla Coulter

    All CNAs are welcome! You are all my friends and very appreciated! Let’s float! A swim up bar would be great too, non-alcoholic of course!

  • Jay N Mark Hughes

    Great idea!!!

  • Shannon Marie Fox

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  • Robin Fahringer Mitchell Machajewski

    This float nurse votes “YES”!

  • Jänét Dävis

    Me too!

  • Jennifer Christian Moeller

    Hey don’t forget the float CNAs!

  • Tommie Andrews

    I like the idea!

  • Katie Elizabeth

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  • Sara ‘Evans’ Himm

    Pool party!!!

  • Carla Coulter

    Thank you Sara ‘Evans’ Himm, if course being the social person I am, all of my friends would be more than welcome any time!

  • Sara ‘Evans’ Himm

    Karin and Carla should definitely have a pool!

  • Raoul Hagen Daaz

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  • Lyn Wilson Wyke

    Tresa Dorman Emily Coppock lol

  • reepRN

    y’all are brilliant! Make me laugh every day!!!

  • Kimberly Bowers Caprio

    What about night float residents? I’d go on strike!!

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