Sorry about your situation, but you aren't alone. Here in the northern front range, new grads are also running into the same problem - except there are even fewer employment opportunities than denver. Banner Health will outright tell you that they do not hire new grads - unless you are already an internal employee or have a contract with them (they give out a finite # of scholarships
in return for a 2 year committment). But isn't it ironic that they are constantly running recruitment ads in the Denver Post and in Nursing magazines - and have many RN positions posted on their website.
I have met a couple RN's just recently working in nursing homes who relocated here to northern colorado thinking it would be no problem at all to get a position with PVH or Banner - applied for every position they could, and heard nothing. They also found that it is pointless trying to talk to the nursing recruiters unless you can say that you have EXPERIENCE. That is what they are most interested in.
New grads are a 'dime a dozen' - nursing programs
here in the state have dramatically increased their admissions in the past 2-3 years, seemingly causing an influx of inexperienced RN's. For people considering nursing school
for lucrative employment opportunities, be careful. It is a little bit harder to get into acute care positions than you might realize - at least in colorado.