CNAs can be your best friend or worst enemy, but in the end they are your eyes, ears, nose and sometimes voice. You'll need to figure out their likes and dislikes and RESPECT them, make sure they know their job but also be sure to offer help/support frequently.
Be sure to know your own limits.
Don't let managers work you overtime if you don't want it.
Be honest. If you need help follow the chain of command.
Do everything you can to make sure you have very little to pass onto the next shift (it changes from shift to shift such as days: do appointments, call labs in, make sure dialysis pts get to their treatments...eves make sure all your admission paperwork gets done and people are down for bed...nights make sure to do charting corrections and make sure people are up and dressed for day shift)
If it gets overwhelming, try to remember priorities: ABCs, then pain, then paperwork and charting (LOL).
LTC isn't the prettiest nursing, but we are respected a lot by others for what we do on a daily basis. It's not easy to go in and see older people in constant pain/depressed/angry about things not to mention family members up your bum about very silly things and the occasional dire emergency. Not to mention most places do not do 12 hour shifts (as far as where I am at least) and doing the same thing day to day to day can get you discouraged.
Be sure to find something you can rely on to pull you out of funky weeks. Exercise, religious activities, hobbies...etc
PS: Don't let people push you around either. If you feel you are doing too much for your position, kindly talk to your administrator to evaluate your duties.
I was a great nurse at my last facility, worked there for almost a year and a half but the poor attitudes from managers, the lack of training for new nurses and CNAs, and the fact that I was doing three jobs in one (i was literally the secretary for the phones on weekends, considering nobody else would answer calls omg) made it unbearable. When the administrator continued to make promises but didn't back them up, I knew it was time to leave.
Two weeks given and I RAN.
Good luck, much love.