I was a new grad who went into LTC...specifically an LTAC(long term acute care) facility within our main hospital downtown. Were there horror stories? Yes Did people frown and say that sucks when I told them where I worked? Hell yes. Did I make the best of that experience? Well lemme tell you, in 3 years...I can stick an 18 guage IV in a 90 pound 95 year old patient with rolling veins, Foleys are 2nd nature, codes, vents, wounds, assessments, time management, skills you don't even realize you have will shine. I'm not at the bedside anymore, but I'm now certified in Gerontology and I'm about to graduate with my MSN in May. I've developed a Geriatric course for my hospital since I work over in education/corporate. Nursing should be something you're proud of, wherever it is you do it. It's a profession.
My advice....STOP listening to the horror stories, and like someone else said...burnt out and you haven't even done it yet? I've only been a nurse 4 years now, but I've realized in dealing with many new grads in orientation, there's a sense of resentment against LTC, med/surg, and a few other areas. NURSING IS NURSING WHEREVER YOU GO. For all those who want to work ICU and refuse to look at med/surg, you do realize that many ICU units have no Nursing assistant? So you get to have your ICU patient, but you get to clean, bathe, and turn them...isn't that what people fear about med/surg and the "floor"??