There is lack of directed evidence that supports satisfaction and retention of float pool nurses. Information available suggests that float nurses are independent, tough-minded, rule consciousness, socially bold, adaptable, autonomous, and reliable (O’Connor, 2017; Rainess, Archer, Hofmann, Nottingham, 2015; Linzer, Tilley, & Williamson, 2011). These particular characteristics of float nurses may be explained by principles of emotional intelligence (EI). The purpose of this study was to identify aspects of float nurse emotional intelligence that could inform retention efforts. Secondary outcomes included highlighting floating best practice, recommendations for improving sense of community, and more clearly defining the float nurse role.