My unit (neuro ICU) is the only unit required to float to a lower level of care in our hospital. We float to the neuro step-down floor, though they did not float to the ICU. Max is 3 patients and only 2 can have drains.
A friend works SICU in a hospital in West MI and the ICU nurses are required to float to the progressive care floor. I worked this floor as a nurse tech during school and it's basically a MICU step-down minus the gtts,etc. All patients are tele and usually total care.
Thank you for your response. We are in the midst of revising our policy as in the past critical care nurses were floated to medsurge units with pt ratios 6-8:1. We have researched articles from different nursing resources and are able to support our proposals. In fact a legislation S-73 - The RN Safe Staffing Act has been reintroduced by ANA to ensure safe staffing plans similar to California's nurse patient ratios.
we float everywhere except ob. i think they'd have floated me there the other night "just to do vital signs, etc." if someone in one of the other icus hadn't called out at the last minute.
the worst is floating to rehab. i don't mind giving 8 baths, but when the charge asks me afterward "and how much did he do for himself?" she wasn't real happy when i said "nothing. but he's clean, isn't he?"