I was in the same position, not too long ago... There are various reasons that hospitals won't hire 'stale' new grads. First, even though nursing school
is rigorous and you learn a lot, you also forget a lot of what you learned unless you quickly enter the profession and have everything reinforced. It's your first year or two on the job where you gain all the experience that makes you valuable.
There are a few ways I discovered to enter nursing with no experience. You can take a refresher course; some community colleges offer them as do some nursing schools
. Some hospitals offer programs that achieve the same results. Contact local hospitals and ask the nurse recruiter if they have a retraining program. I know this sounds like a horrible option-- after all, you just went through at least two years of intense nursing school.
Another possibility is to volunteer with an agency that provides medical care to the underserved. From these positions you have something to add to your resume. This worked for me: I was able to find a job based on my experience as a nurse volunteer. I know... you still don't like this option!
OK... Another suggestion is that you apply for CNA positions and work into nursing roles. Yep, another bad option, huh? I know a couple nurses who did this to reenter the field. It feels like taking two steps back, but it worked for both of them. Both were offered RN jobs within six months.
We assume that with the nursing shortage and all that time, effort and money spent in nursing school, hospitals should be anxious to hire us. Now that I am working as a nurse, I realize what a bad decision it was to postpone employment after graduation. It took a long time on the job to catch up to where I was upon graduation (in regard to skills, understanding of medical conditions, and confidence). You probably believe that you are as capable, efficient and skilled as you were a year ago when you were fresh out of nursing school--I know I did! (but I see now how wrong I was.) I know my suggestions don't sound great, but I was in your position not too long ago and I had to make choices that I didn't feel were fair. My other piece of advice is to do something NOW before it becomes two years or three years since you graduated... it will become almost impossible to find a job at that point. Good luck to you!