Our unit switched to couplet care on February 1. Prior to that, we had one nurse who took a team of postpartum moms, and another nurse who took a team of newborns. We would often have nurses float into our department from med/surg or ICU, and we would always assign them a team of moms. However, now that we've switched to couplets, it has caused quite a bit of trouble, and nobody is really certain how to handle it. Because these float nurses are not NRP certified or trained in caring for newborns, we have to split up the couplets and give the moms to the float nurse. It's kind of thrown a wrench into the works and makes it really troublesome when trying to make assignments.
So how do other facilities handle this?