I have never worked in a hospital but I have been a RN in LTC for 6 years. I would say the stress is the same levels but just different. You will have more patients, less help, longer med passes. Ask what is your nurse to pt ratio. Ask what is the aide to pt ratio. Our n/p ratio is 1:25 and our a/p ratio is 1:10. If you have good co-workers and aides, it is a good day. If you are working with lazy people, your day is hard. What you are responsible for depends on what shift you are working. More meds, treatments, ect. on day shift. More cleaning/stocking/ordering meds on nights. Then on days you have to deal with docs, families, hospitals, ect. Also on day shift is admissions. On nights of course, you have less staff. We have one nurse to 50 patients and three aides for 50 patients. So if you have problems at night, you are busy with so much less staff. And it can be more difficult with the sundowners if there are any.
Hope this helps some!