Our telemetry and med/surg census has been low lately and so we frequently combine the two units to conserve on one CNA/ChargeRN/unit secretary. There is one particular nursing supervisor that would staff med/surg (non ACLS) Charge nurse as our Telemetry charge nurse. I find this practice unusual and was wondering if there is specific policy at other hospitals that would prohibit this pratice (I couldn't find a specific policy that says otherwise). I understand when they have to be floated to Telemetry from med/surg they have to be "covered' by the Charge Nurse for anything above the med/surg pratice (i.e. signed off telemetry, cardiac drugs). If there is a code on the floor- I would be the ACLS team leader untill the ICU charge Nurse arrive or another telemetry nurse because the charge nurse is not ACLS... i find that rediculous and an unsafe practice- He or she is not even qualified to read telemetry or break the telemetry techs.