1) I HATE when they do this! In my opinion, this is simply unsafe. If I am all the way on the other side of the nursery, I cannot keep an eye on my patients while I am tending to others across the room. I cannot hear the alarms, cannot tell if they are correlating, cannot visualize my babies and see if they are in distress, vomiting, etc. I have to ask another nurse to keep an eye on or an ear out for my babies while I am across the room, and this is putting even more work on her- she has her OWN assignment to worry about. We do not have a rule against this, but our nurses try as much as possible to keep this from happening. If a baby is stable enough to move, sometimes we will move the entire Isolette or crib to the other side of the room to solve this problem. It is ridiculous to have to do this, but there is simply no safe way to care for babies so far away from each other. Our unit is open; we do not have pods, but this would make me especially uncomfortable. Don't pods have walls that surround part or all of the area around the cribs? I would never hesitate to be vocal about this. I may not be able to solve the problem, but when this happens to me I make sure it is noted by SOMEONE, even if only verbally, that I disagree with this and feel it is unsafe.
2) When we have isolation babies, we never pair them with clean babies. The nurse assigned to those babies is considered 'dirty' all night long to reduce even the slimmest chance of cross-infection. Sometimes this requires a 1:1 staffing issue, if, for instance, we only have one Iso baby, or if there are 3 of them (they would need 2 nurses- nurse A has 2 dirty babies, and nurse B would have the third). I just think, even with strict precautions, this is an issue begging to occur and on our unit we don't pair them up.