I had a deja vu when I was reading this - it was me 2 years ago
First off, let me tell you a little about me...I had a job at a hospital less than a month after passing boards and it was not the right fit for me. a few months later... I came across a pedi LTC facility and it so happened they were hiring and didn't mind new grads. Thus begineth a peds career for me!
You learn a TON of stuff in a very short period of time. The facility I worked at was 78 beds, 22 trachs and 12/22 were vented at least part time. Prior to this, I never put much thought into where kids on vents went. It was a good learning experiance, and while some of my fellow grads have never delt with a trach, there were times that I had 6 of them in one shift. Also, it teaches you how the kids "live". In a hospital you see kids (normal or otherwise) when they are sick, but LTC you see just how sydrome xyz affects their life on a day to day level.
I really liked my job at pedi LTC, and, like you, my goal has always been to do inpatient peds. I think you will find the pace to be different...Some nights, I would get there at 11 and with the exception of report, would not sit down until 2 (admittedly, some of this has to do with my time management as a new grad). Others, the kids issues seemed so predictable I could scream. Also...I am a pedi person. I know I would not be happy in any job where I had to deal with adults (It sounds like you are the same or similar)
It really depends on where you apply once you have the experiance as to wheather they see it as valuble. I applied at quite a few places, some were crazy excited I had so much trach and vent experiance, that I could suction and change trach ties in my sleep, and others heard "LTC" and totally shut down. Which is where you have to really work on selling yourself and proving that yes, it was LTC but you did more than crush pills in applesauce (not hating on any geri nurses, i did it for a while and thats what it feels like sometimes)
As far as the recruiter not knowing the facility, peds LTC is one of those things that if you dont know it you dont know it, its a pretty specialized setting and people that arent familiar with medically fragile kiddos might not even know that such a place exists, regardless of the reputation
As a suggustion, I would reccomend that you get another job after a few months (if you want). After I had been in my job for a bit I started doing homecare, it was a nice change, similar to what I learned from pedi LTC and new enough to be a challenge. Also, when you are interveiwing for other positions, you can have more enviroments to be comfy in, also shows that you are independant and can make decisions without others around (that scared me a bit at first, but I have grown to looove homecare). Again, just a thought.
All things considered, I would make the same decision again if I had to. If your heart is with peds, I would say go for it! Good luck with whatever you choose!
If you have any questions, feel free to PM me.