Quote from ThePrincessBride
I can only speculate, but from what I've noticed, most nurses avoid LTC facilities, nursing homes like the plague. Too many patients, not enough patients, dangerous environment all around.
I somewhat agree with this statement - "avoid like the plague" might be a little too strong. No doubt, most new nurses have strong desires to go into acute care as opposed to LTC right off the bat. However, times are changing and not everyone can get a job in acute care right out of nursing school. In fact it seems as if most new grads can't do that these days. So LTC is where lots of new nurses are landing by default. And although LTC's in general have bad reputations, some facilities are way better than others. OP, if you're enjoying your new position and facility, I would say enjoy your enjoyment and don't worry too much about being stuck. You do after all have your golden year of experience in acute care that is so valuable in most employers' eyes. It is a good idea to take an occasional PRN shift in acute care, as another poster advised. The fact that you left acute care after one year and are now enjoying your new position says to me that maybe you will find your niche in some type of nursing other than acute care.