Some things to ponder. Apparently that must be the sterotypical hospital that gets mentioned when the nursing shortage is discussed. Lots of nurses who are older, burning out and no one to replace them. Believe me when I say not all places are that way.
I am working as an ER travel nurse, now I have only had two assignments but at both places the staff were more than glad to see another qualified, skilled smiling face.
Keep looking at different hospitals, ask to talk with actually floor staff nurses. Even better see if you can shadow one for a day. The better places to work wont have a problem with either, question the ones that dont.
I know you paid $2000 to take a refresher, and one can stomach about anythign for six months and then there are hospitals out there that are paying well north of $10,000 in sign on bonuses to find staff.
Now I dont know much about LTC other than my experence as a Paramedic going in/out getting pts. Most the time the RN seemed overworked, with barely enough time to give/take report on the patient and it was off to put out another fire. That was day shift with maybe 2 RN's on duty, cant imagine night shift.