Oh, wow, congrats on your new RN license as a foreign new grad! I hope that you have found a job by now? I know it's been stated that even for CA new grads with the near 50% unemployment rate they are facing, it must be even tougher as a foreign nurse, since the CA hospitals are more likely to hire USC or those that took their clinicals in that hospital.
Yes, it's true that most foreign nurses today are limited to those types of facilities you mentioned, which is okay, but really I think the most of us would really prefer working in a hospital setting. I know many will say, they don't mind the nursing homes, SNF's and LTC's, but the truth is to be in a nice hospital with the better benefits (hourly wages, paid vacations and other amenties). Granted, sometimes it's not about how much you make versus where you're working at and proudly displayed on your badge.
I hear friendly arguments about all the time about working in a nursing home etc, then later they really deep inside would like to be in a medium or larger hospital environment. Nothing wrong with that. It's part of the American dream.
For someone like me, I don't care to work with the adults side of nursing, I love working with the kids and hope to be working in the Pediatrics unit. Peds nurses have said they rather be with whining kids, crying babies than to deal with whining and complaining adults, but it's really to each his/her own. Those that prefer adult style nursing can't stand the sound of a crying child or the fussyness of one, but I love that!
I have several PH friends who are recent CA nurses before all the CA BON fiasco and they too report they are unable to find any jobs, received any call back for an interview, getting only either no emails or phone calls to their resumes. I know that they have submitted 100's of applications all over CA and since they are unattached (no kids, no husbands) they can move anywhere. Even the nursing homes, but like you said, they want "experience" and willing to work those, if anyone would hire them. Many of the jobs they come to find out went to the local students who also did their clinicals there or most likely did volunteer work for them and in most cases, RN's were not needed, but hired the locals as LVN's, who are bridging over to the RN side.
Anyways, getting off track, but good luck, ladyangel341, I love that name too!