A few off-the-top-of-my-head thoughts:
the assumption that nursing home nurses make less than hospital nurses is false. In fact, since nursing homes have a harder time attracting nurses, they often offer high wages as an incentive.
a mistake I see new-ish nurses making all the time is having a “the grass is greener....” mentality. Some facilities are indeed better than others, but 99% of all nursing homes deal with similar issues of understaffing, high turnover, large nurse-to-patient ratios, etc. If you think you’re going to find some magical facility without these problems you’re going to wind up being one of those nurses who has floats from one facility to another every year or so until the lack of longevity on your resume begins to limit your career choices.
Its not as hard as it seems at first. Every nurse starting out in LTC experiences shock and feels overwhelmed. Nursing school conditioned us for a very, very different sort of nursing. I long for the day when the people who design nursing school curricula realize that not every nurse in existence works in acute care. Once you get your flow and adjust to the acuity level vs patient load balance, you will be shocked by how what once seemed impossible is more manageable than you believed.