I hope I am not offending anyone with this question. I have been on allnurses for a while now, trying to find out as much as I can about the nursing career before getting started. One thing I have noticed is that LTC seems to be thought of as the last resort for nurses who can't get jobs elsewhere. I've seen many posts with people saying, "getting a hospital job seems hopeless, I guess I'll go to LTC." I don't get it, why is LTC worse than working at a hospital? I was thinking of volunteering at an LTC or hospice and getting a CNA position there later so I can hopefully be hired as an RN upon graduation. I am also interested in Hospice but that seems to be hard to get into for new grads. From some of the posts I've read though, it sounds like working LTC is the tenth circle of hell . Can someone enlighten me? Can LTC nursing be enjoyable?