The hospital I was working at previously had a policy that a wouldn't allow a nurse that had a contact isolation patient to take care of fresh post-op patients or patients with immunosuppression (ie. cancer patients, HIV, etc.) Now the new hospital I work at has no such policy and frequently assigns a nurse with a contact isolation patient and a fresh post-op. I brought this up to the infection control nurse and she told me that due to staffing the hospital didn't have such a policy. Since when due we compromise patient safety because of staffing? I have only worked in one other hospital so I have no idea if I am just being overly cautious. Is it common for nurses to have to combine these potentially dangerous patient populations or do most hospitals have policies to prevent it?