I don't have extensive experience, but this was my experience.
While a nursing student, I worked as a CNA in our hospital's rehab unit, nite shift 2300-0730.
I loved it!!! Both the unit and the shift.
Our nurses had between 5 and 7 pts. Most rehab pts are stable, post actue, although this is always subject to change.
Pt dx were many and varied, stroke, drug overdose, spinal laminectomy, guilliane barre, MS exacerbations, double knee replacement, SCI, para, quads, brain injury, too many to name.
I was able to observe and work with the nurses, my take on their abilities for this shift:
Overall if the nurse wished, there was time for total patient care, from bed bath, to meds to tx.
Usually there was enough time, if the pt had the need, for detailed unhurried discussions ranging on any and all topics that were of patient interest.
Most times charting could be completed by the end/or shortly after the shift ended.
Now, dont' get me wrong, just in the time I was there, @ 2 nites a week, we had 2 codes, although post acute, many of the pts were high risk for other probs, or repeat probs.....and of course, any sense of normalcy would be shot in these instances.
But for the most part, by the time things started hopping the floor for the day shift, replacements were in, therapists were beginning their interactions with the pts, and it was time to go home!!!
And unless it was an emergent or emergency, things that were of concern during the night were passed along to days....(major concerns were dealt with at night)
I would look for rehab as my 1st choice for placement!!!
Hope this makes sense!!!