Many hospitals are opening 23 hour stay units. If they are used for what they are created for life should be good. All have to be walkie/talkie and able to leave 23 hours after their admission, so day surgery patients that couldn't go home for whatever reason, surgery patients that are kept overnight for monitoring and should go home the next morning, many stipulate no high BMI's due to limited equipment, no blood transfusing due to limited staff, no known IV drug users.
But Bed Managers will call and want you take their "almost ready for discharge patients", emerg is full and can you take an on-call appi, broken ankle, etc.
The patients have to be basically self caring to be on the unit. But they will try and place dementia patients, total cares, Etoh patients that are detoxing. You need to be able to weed out the nonsuitables and hold your ground but many Charges will take whatever gets sent and then expect a medal for going above and beyond, while their coworkers are filing incident reports.
It's also not a good place to have your first nursing job because you need good assessment skills and be able to work with a very small team, often an RN, LPN and NA.