I wouldn't rule out LTC if I were you. I've had the pleasure of working in both LTC and hospitals. There is something about each environment that makes me appreciate the other one more. With LTC, at least you don't have your admissions riding up on the elevator with you before you even clock in. The patients/residents there are constant. With hospitals, you will have 5-7 patients, depending on the unit. You will have the opportunity to learn more skills and be exposed to more things, including infections. But given the right 5-7, you may think you have 35 patients to yourself, like in a LTC facility. And Heaven forbid, we should talk about the families and kids that roam the halls all day and night. Also in the hospital, with the amount of potential admissions and discharges, you may have your hands on 8-9 patients in one shift.
I work as a PRN Float Nurse in a teaching hospital and I have just begun to work in an LTACH. To my surprise, I'm actually loving the work at the LTACH as it is giving me the better of both worlds and as a night shift person, I have no admissions. The work is still extremely busy; so much so that I have literally lost 10 pounds in the 3 weeks that I've been employed with them. I have yet to eat a sandwich or drink a full 12-0z Diet Coke during my shift because there are always vent alarms, bed alarms, and IV pump alarms going off, not to mention endless wound care. I literally brought in and carried out the same 2 cans of soda on 3-day rotation. The wonderful part about it is that by the time I have a chance to look at the clock, it is almost time to go home. Love it!!! I'm seriously considering parting ways with my PRN job even though it pays more. With the LTACH job, my headaches have seemed to disappear...unless I'm too busy to notice. By the way, I'm pursuing the BSN online, with no clinicals....easiest thing I've done in a long time.
I hope something opens up for you soon. Good luck!