I can give you an idea of what it is like to work on a Skilled Unit at a local hospital. First, I work three 12 hour shifts, caring for 9 plus patients. See them? I have two different sub groups - Acute and Sub/Acute. I spend my time with those who need more medical attention. As for the rest, I put them on the back burner unless something arises. Otherwise, my time is spent elsewhere such as giving out scheduled meds, running I.V.'s, taking vital signs and handing out lots of pain medication. That is just a tip of the ice berge. I have To deal with PT, OT and the Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant. My phone is constantly ringing non-stop throughout the day.
I am not sure what our starting pays is because I went to the SNF on a higher pay level after two and a half years of working in a clinic. Another thing I can tell you is that it is very hard work. I'm on feet throughout my entire shift. When I do sit down it's for a bite to eat and a quick bathroom break. Charting? I do all my charting at the end of my shift. Overtime is to be expected.
As with any job, it is rewarding and frustrating. If you work with a good group of nurses and who are willing to help you in times of need, you will have job satisfaction. Team work is essential if you work on a skilled unit.