My facility is both an ICF and a SNF. In a skilled nursing facility we care for patients who come from the hospital, with any from hip replacements, fx's, pneumonia, MRSA, etc. They often come with PICC Lines, IV's, Wound Vacs, Oxygen needs, healing from surgery, on and on. I'm a IV Therapy Certified, LPN and I also care for 28-33 residents. Some are ICF, some are SNF. Without SNF, the patient would have to go home, that can be difficult for the patient and the family. Medical Insurance is the reason we now need SNFs.
I love my job, due to the fact I have learned so much here. Plus, I keep on learning. Yes, I was scared at first, but I received a 3 week orientation on all shifts, even though I work night shift. It has been a positive experience for me. I hope it will be that way for you. The elderly need a caring nurse, someone who enjoys their work. I bet you will do fine.