To work in acutes you have to have an independent, autonomous personality. You also have to be willing to go with the flow and have no expectations about your work day. In chronics, you will love the continuity of care you get with your patients over a long period of time, you are on your feet a lot more, lots of busy work. Chronics is a routine and is fast paced, there can be drama from techs. The up side is having set work hours and being able to close and lock your doors. Acutes is interesting everyday, but you have to be willing to work the occasional 14-15 hour day without losing your mind. Your kid needs picked up? Too bad there's no relief for you. The $$$ potential is there in acutes- OT, call back pay, differentials. But you have to want that work environment. You can't expect to get the best of both worlds, which would be set work hours, no nights or Sunday's, working independently with 2 patients max. So you have to pick what is more important to you, weigh your pros and cons.