Gosh..I really hate to say this but in a way YES. How do I know...I had to struggle hard to get into hospial after 4 years in LTC/ALF!~
I really feel that my time in LTC/ALF was a huge huge benifit and made me into a wonderful nurse! However, getting through applications and interviews sent to facilities I wanted to work in...well...I was overlooked and didn't make first pass because I wasn't doing what they considered as "acute care" (anyone that works LTC will tell you, we DO ACUTE care, and typically with NO or little support!). So I really think my time there was the best thing I ever did...I honed in my nursing skills and personal style and grew as a nurse...but the stigma is there. (had one HR person at a local hospital tell me off the record that I was working in the "elephant graveyard of nursing...once you go there...your there!".).
BUT! I made a positive change and went agency for a while and found a great hospital and really proved myself to them working for them...they begged me to apply...I mean BEGGED! In fact, another hospital did too and I had quite a sweet spot...they were battling over me with incentives and pay and my choice in schedules....WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO! I picked the one I adored, and now am as happy as a clam working in Med/surge (and I didn't think I would like it..and I love it...and see my old pts there too since I am at their local hospital!).
I won't deny it took some creative implemenations to get the hospital job after working in LTC/ALF...but it can be done if you put your mind to it. BUT working in LTC/ALF really prepared me for being a all around nurse...heck, what is the largest population of patients??? Elderly!
...and with them...I am set in advanced