I can see it from both perspectives, as I'm now a NICU nurse, but I started out in a well-baby nursery at a different hospital.
In the well-baby nursery I worked in we didn't do any IVs or anything of that sort. We kept all the well-babies in the nursery while mom was sleeping, or if she was a recovering c-section and couldn't keep the baby. We also kept all the borders that didn't have a mom in house (e.g. the prisoners, etc). We had phototherapy and methadone kids too. Then we had to transition all the new kiddos that came in. It was very overwhelming at times.
At that place the NICU nurses looked down on us. They felt like we weren't "real nurses" and that all we did was babysit all night. Sometimes it felt like it, but sometimes it'd get crazy .... when you have a kid trying to die during transition and you've got all of this other stuff going on at the same time (your other 5 babies all went to eat RIGHT NOW!), it could be incredibly stressful and hectic. We always had 6-8 babies in our assignements. I never ran my butt off more than when I worked in that nursery. Yeah I have some real crazy nights in NICU, but I've always been able to at least take a bathroom/snack break if I need to and I sit on my butt a lot more now than I used to!
So now (working in the NICU) when I hear comments about the CCN nurses having it easy, I just realize these people don't know what they're talking about. And it makes me more understanding. I haven't had to deal much with the CCN nurses in my current hospital ..... only one time that I can remember. I had a baby that came up to NICU for transition as she was having a slow start, but then transitioned fine so I was given the OK to send her down to CCN. I called CCN to give report and the nurse that would be taking the baby said she was swamped and asked if I could call back in 20 minutes so she could finish some stuff. I told her no problem, that I would go ahead and feed the baby, and then she could call me back when she is done. She was so thankful for that and she just called back when she was done.
Both units are busy and can be crazy at times. But they're so different too. I've noticed in the NICU we help each other out more because we have more resources (than in the well-baby nursery that I worked at anyway). If someone has a lighter assignment they help out with the sicker kids/admits. We also have a charge nurse that doesn't have an assignment, and that wasn't the case in the well-baby nursery. Whereas in the well-baby nursery we all had pretty heavy assignments and admits were coming to us CONSTANTLY.
On the rare occasion that I've had to float to the nursery, usually I leave from that shift and just want to run to the parking garage screaming! I have the utmost respect for those nurses, as I could not do that every shift!