Well, I have to say that I agree and disagree with MedSurg patients on a postpartum floor.
I agree because yes, your RN license does cover you for ALL types of patients (whether we remember how to take care of them or not). And, like it or not, we all have to face the reality that our hospitals are becoming over-crowded and with a nursing shortage, we have to take care of whoever comes our way! I work in a neuro ICU, but I also have to take MICU, TSICU, CVICU, etc. patients if the other 6 ICUs can't handle their pts. Now even though I hate having MICU pts, I HAVE to do it. Why? Because as an RN, I'm qualified to take care of ALL types of pts.
Now, on the other side of the coin... I think that your patient placement personnel should be more careful about the patient population that they place on a post partum floor. Patients with MRSA, C-Diff, etc, IMHO, should not be anywhere near a newborn and it's lack of an immune system!! Also, potentially violent people should not be near these fragile little ones! But I don't see the problem with a little old lady with a broken leg!
Now, do you feel that you may potentially not be able to provide safe care to a patient for some reason? Then you need to file a complaint, notify the appropriate people and DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT!!! Also, if you have a question, then can you call an RN on a floor that would know the answer? I've called another ICU's RN and they have called us with questions and we try to help each other out, when the need arises.
Good luck and take care!