Background: The facilities for short-term stays (FFSS) represent a significant part of the Danish healthcare system; however no universal definition of FFSS exists. Very different units are categorized as FFSS though descriptions of the nursing provided in this area are deficient. Purpose: To understand the concept of FFSS and discuss the different views on nursing, especially short-term nursing, in this context. Method: Qualitative content analysis. Results: No political or organizational decisions clarified the development of FFSS. Possible explanations were found in the development of new technology and medicine, the increase in patients’ expectations and in an economic incentive. Conclusion: Short-term nursing is perceived differently depending on the perspective adopted in the description. Descriptions on the patient perspective are lacking. This research unfolded the need for further research on the subject of short-term nursing.