A few weeks ago I started working in a NICU that just opened up last month. The hospital I work at has a mandatory float policy (if you are told to float you must float, or face disciplinary action up to and including termination). I was floated recently to an ortho med/surg unit. My biggest concern was that I had isolation patients. This made me very concerned about pathogens being brought back into the NICU. It is not that big of a stretch to think that those kind of pathogens could end up on a nurses badge, shoes, ect. Then that same nurse go to work in the NICU the next day carrying those same pathogens in. Just think what would happen if a nurse was pulled to adult ICU with a patient with acinetobacter and got it on their shoes from the patient's room. The next day they work back in the NICU and are walking around spreading the acinetobacter on the floor. Then a syringe falls on the floor (still in the unopened wrapper) and a staff member puts it back where it fell from. Later that day it gets used for a blood draw, the nurse unaware that acinetobater got on the gloves from opening the syringe I, exposing an already immune-comprised premature baby to acinetobacter. I have brought this forward to my manager, but she seems to put staffing other departments as a priority over infection control. My manager stated that we may turn into a closed unit at some point but was not sure. If anyone knows of where I could find any research/literature to bring to her it would be very helpful. I would also be interested to know what the policies are at other hospitals in regards to floating NICU staff. The previous hospital I worked at the NNP's about through a fit over infection control when they were considering using are staff for float to med/surg. The NNP's won, but I do not what they brought forward when they went to management. I do not think that the NNP's or neo's in my NICU are aware that this is happening, as they voiced concern to the NICU nurses about our staff floating even to postpartum.