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. I have worked med/surg at a previous hospital, but I hardly ever dealt with ortho patients. I am concerned if a new grad was pulled and had no med/surg experience they would be in way over their head. My biggest concern though 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 it got carried back to the NICU. I really would like to bring this forward to my manager (I am thinking maybe this thought has not crossed her mind since the NICU just opened), however, I am hoping to bring some research or literature to back up my concern. If anyone knows of where I could find any research/literature 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, I am sure they too would have objections considering they tell our parents to stay away from other floors/areas.