I read a lot of post saying things like, "intermediate care has you running around all shift, it's hard etc etc." Now what I want to ask is, what is truly hard and what are people exaggerating. I have worked on a medical step down unit as a tech and I have never seen nurses "running around". (I am a float tech). Once they are done charting, passing meds etc, they have time to chat and take breaks. It could be I never floated to the unit when it was hectic, but that's what I want to know, how often is it usually hectic??( Mind you the step down unit is very small, they only have 14 beds). Each nurse is assigned 3 or 4 pts. I am NOT saying intermediate care is not hard and you do not have nights where you want to just quit, but please can someone elaborate on the nights when things are running smooth and you actually have time to breath and sit??