Yes, I graduated May 2011 and I got a job right away. I actually started in August but that was because that was when the new grad program started. I work in a progressive care unit which is a step down from ICU and I love it.
National has a good reputation in the hospitals as far as I can tell. But honestly most of the schools
in San Diego are good and I don't think I've heard bad things about any schools in particular just bad students individually. I think honestly in this economy the school matters less than who you know. I started working as a CNA per diem in the hospital I wanted to work at a year before I graduated. They interviewed all internal candidates first and hired most of the people who already worked in the hospital when they did their new grad RN program. So it definitely gave me a head start.
You will hear some bad and some good things about NU, but I would personally recommend the program and I have to friends or friends of friends. In the end, I graduated in 2 years with my BSN and I got a job as an RN. That was my goal and that's what happened. Could it have been a better school in some ways... yes. But I, like you was 30 and I already had a child. I did not have 3-4 years to sit on a wait list AFTER finishing prereqs.
Hope that helps! Good luck!