[font="comic sans ms"]hello nicu lovers! i have a question/concern! our nicu census has been low for several months now and we have been furlouging a few nurses daily. unfortunately, our pediatric floor is hopping to due rsv/pneumonia/rds, etc. because these units are under the same direction basically, we are being asked (told) to float to this unit, or else. the majority of our nicu nurses have never worked, let alone been oriented to this unit, or any other! we are being told that because we are a specialty/critical unit that this is basically a step over, or down for us. our nursery nurses, who float to nicu and take care of babies with abx and o2, are not going to have to float because they are not "special!" as if there wasn't animosity between the nicu/nursery nurses already!
my concern is our nursing licenses. no, i don't want to furlough 2x in a pay period and i want to keep my job, but administration is looking at #'s and not patient care. yes, we take care of respiratory issues all the time, but nothing is similar in these 2 units. plus, we may work 1 day on peds and come back the next day to nicu after being exposed to lord only knows on the peds unit. one nurse worked for 3 hours on peds and then had to float back to nicu and take care of 2 recent admissions.
does anyone see a problem, or are we all over reacting?
would appreciate any comments/concerns!