From reading here, it seems that LTACs vary greatly in terms of the acuity of the patients. I'm a new grad and 3 weeks into my orientation in a tele/med-surg LTAC unit, and a couple of times we (my preceptor and I) were pulled to the ICU. The vented patients (about 75% of the census) made me nervous until I spent the day with a Respiratory Therapist. That helped immensely and I am now comfortable with the ventilators and suctioning patients. RT is always there, so they usually respond to the vent alarms. The med pass is easy enough, after I was shown a couple of times how to give meds through a PEG tube. I feel comfortable enough with telemetry and I'm always asking the tele tech questions. The only thing I still feel very unsure about is wound care, especially with the complex wounds we get. I'm going to ask for a day with the wound care nurse. Right now I feel comfortable taking on 2 patients with minimal assistance from my preceptor. We've had one code so far and I was able to contribute.
Even for an experienced nurse 2 weeks does seem rather short. How many patients would you typically have? For the nurses who have been working at my facility for years, 5 is overwhelming. 4 is comfortable but you're strapped for time. 3 or less and you're able to get everything done and spend some time with them.
If I were you, I probably would have taken the position if the only concern is can you safely care for the patients. BUT... it seems like LTACs in general are not very desirable places to work. It's hard work and the patient loads are high. Nearly everyone is on contact precautions so you spent half your time sweating in a blue plastic gown. It's heartbreaking to see these 80-90 yr old people who mouth for you to stop, grimace in pain with every turn & IV stick, yet their POA insists on them being a full code and continuing all treatments. You get great experience, which is why I'm there, and no one else is hiring new grads. But if I had nursing experience already, I doubt I'd choose to work at an LTAC. I'm already thinking about where I'd like to work after I get my year or so of experience. So maybe you made a wise choice.