TO Pam - Thank you for expanding further on what I was thinking also.
To OP - I deleted/rewrote some of my post that I DID NOT enter. Along the lines of being 'a warm body with a license'. This is a moderate-sized facility with problems. I'd love to see their last survey and Plan of Correction. That the 2 top nursing positions need replacement makes me question WHY???
Makes me return to my professional sports analogy, ie when a team is losing, the head coach and assistants are let go. The problems are then left for the new guys to deal with and everybody expects miracles! As others have posted, recognizing the need for a broad-based LTC background is a very real concern. We work with different pressures under conditions, rules & regs, etc that do NOT exist in the acute care setting and would make their heads spin! (Had a MAJOR issue last position with a 17 yr experieinced L&D PRN part-timer - sentinel event reportable to DOH but she had no idea until I asked further.) And the family called the State themselves.
Also, I don't know the level of education the DON has/will have, but advanced degrees in LTC nsg management vary. It will look good to Corporate, but with a future MSN (in mgt) on your resume, you may be expecting a high level of administrative practice. Many ADON positions are CLINICAL down&dirty trouble shooting, cleanup, delegated fix-it, supervisor positions with little regard for your career expectations. And it can be overwhelming, frustrating and non-fulfilling (esp if you're the new kid without LTC). I've seen it before with newly hired ADONs, Staff Developement and/or Infection Control nurses with strong education but no LTC. They freq DO NOT last long for several reasons.
And finally, if this is a union facility (as many are with CNAs & LPNs, and hskpkg & dietary), you'll need to be up on the contract, esp when negotiations are due. I've been in these positions in various capacities. This is the reality of LTC. Background is truly desirable for the upper level in today's LTC environment. As I've said, been there, seen it, done it - won't do it again.