I am 22 years old, live in Maryland, and I just graduated with my ADN December 14 2012 and had 2 job offers before I even graduated (med-surg/ortho and ER). I chose ER and feel really lucky considering most new ADN's do not get specialty areas like the ER. I started orientation on the 14th of January and take the nclex in 4 days. I was smart and got a job as a tech there for a year at the same hospital before graduating to get my "foot in the door" and that seems to be the way to go. I was in a class of 40 and everyone who had a job as a tech (about 14 people) have jobs. The rest do not have any offers yet. The hospital I work at now however is requiring that by 2018 everyone have their BSN and many, many employees there will have to go back to school. I am trying to get into University of Maryland's BSN program now because in my opinion in a couple of years, schools
will be swamped with applications at the last minute, not everyone will get in, and some people will lose their jobs because they don't have their BSN in the required time. Overall, getting a job as a tech or especially a nurse extern is the way to go. I have a twin sister who will graduate this semester from the same ADN program and she has a guaranteed job at Hopkins due to having an externship there. If you wanted to look into hospitals in Maryland, John's Hopkins Bayview, Mercy Medical Center, and University of Maryland St. Joseph's Medical Center has been hiring new grads with no previous experience.