I am (Currently) in a cardiac surgery PCU (post op cabg, valve, lung resections, etc) plus some medical cardiology thrown in (b/c a telemetry bed is a telemetry bed, whereever you can find it)
we can only be floated to the other cardiology units. CCU, CSICU (cardiac surgery icu), and the two medical cardiology pcu's. Seeing as they are all cardiology, we don't get an official orientation, but they do show you around, show you where the stuff is, etc. But, you aren't expected to do whatyou can't. My pcu gets vent patients sometimes, the medical cardiology pcu's don't. so when i get pulled to csicu i can have a vent patient, but the nurse from medical cardiology can't. i don't do fresh hearts, crrt, or iabp as i dont know how to do that stuff.
so, no, not officially, but most are really kind and helpful to you.
i am moving to L & D next week, and i was told that we float out to the women's/peds pod (L&D, Mother/Baby, NICU, PICU, peds) but that if we do float, we never take an assignment, we just help out others as needed, b/c we could need to be brought back to L &D depending on the influx of patients at any time. I don't know about specific orientation to those units, thoug.