First let me apologize for not getting right back to you. Life has been hectic.
In my first year of nursing I started as a vent and trach pediatric nurse because this gave me a specialty skill. It is in a home care setting but you only have one patient and as a new nurse I thought this would help me be more confident and not so nervous.
After getting 2 years experience in that setting I moved on to geriatrics. I worked in all units the sub acute, alzheimer/dementia, and 2 ltc units.
I felt more comfortable in home care pediatrics because it allowed me to not get in over my head until I gained more confidence.
Ltc is very busy for a new nurse and you will feel in over your head at first. The important thing is to find a mentor (a seasoned nurse). I was lucky to have one and boy did she help me a lot. My first week I had a code and she walked me through the whole process.
The med passes were crazy but once you get to know who takes what and who they are you definitley get faster at the med pass.
I feel you should get the clinical experience because you are going to get your RN and if you have a clinical background this will help you land a job.
Homecare pediatrics is great if you want a specialty skill but you would need clients on vents and trachs.
All in all it is up to you but nursing is not easy or everyone would be a nurse. You will hear horror stories and nursing homes are notorious for heavy patient loads. I worked with 25 patients a day and when I worked nights I had 50 patients. After 3 months of working there I gained confidence in my skills and I really enjoyed it. My issue was with management shoving more work down your throat daily because other nurses were slacking and our unit manager never helped on the floor. So I had to do med pass, wound tx, charting, had 2 incidents to report one day and had a discharge, transfer, and admission all back to back and my manager did nothing to help me instead she yelled at me that they need measurements right now. I was in the room with an admission. I told her I dont have time why cant she do it and I got wrote up.
So my story to you is nursing homes will give you the experience you need in a clinical setting but is also very stressful. If I was a new grad going into a nursing home I probably would have quit. However there are new grads that do great and there are nursing homes that are great to work for you just gotta find the right one.
I wish you the best on your journey and if you have any other questions please feel free to ask me. Congratulations on becoming a nurse it is very rewarding.