My biggest floating pet peeve: when one unit manager doesn't even bother to take responsibility to staff/schedule her own unit...and relies on forced floating from other dept's to keep her unit open. She is the type who has pizzed off all her nurses and can't keep any.
These pizzy managers send their unit schedule to the supes...and we had to fill in gigantic holes in order to staff their unit...
This was the biggest headache in the supe job, IMO, and I didn't do much of it for that reason.
The staff nurses got wise to this practice too and also resented it...I didn't blame them, I didn't like being forced to work under those circumstances either.
Most nurses don't mind helping out and floating if it's reciprocated and done with common sense...obviously if an ICU nurse floats to NICU she will be very limited in her ability to help. Same with a medsurg nurse in LD, and vice versa....
Sometimes we do the best we can and punt in a pinch, but it's sure not wise to rely on this type of 'forced floating' staffing, which is what way to many facilities do today.
I still do feel though if a nurse is floated and feels her practice is unsafe, she/he ethically must speak up, as it's it's too risky to everyone concerned in this case. This 'line of safety' is each nurse's individual line, and I agree that new nurses may have to draw the line sooner....the larger comfort zone may not be there ( yet....but it will come.