I agree with Sheronep. I would never advise someone that truly, wholeheartedly wants to be a nurse to look elsewhere. I would, however, advise someone that is interested because they think it promises an instant, secure job to think twice about going to school for nursing.
Not only is it very hard to find a job in my area (New England), but it's also frustrating to me personally that when I tell people that I can't find a job they look at me like I am insane. To be unemployed as a business major? Well, that's understandable in this ecomony. But everyone KNOWS there's a nursing shortage!!!! The problem MUST be with me!
My opinion is that the media hype about the shortage has created a great deal more disapointment and anger to new grad nurses than other careers. I could, of course, be completely wrong about that though, since my perspective is that of an unemployed new grad RN. It's very difficult to wrap one's head around being unemployed for so many months when just a few short years ago when we started school signing bonuses were rampant.
I've certainly been guilty of being very negative about the present situation, but I also know that it doesn't get me anywhere. It's exhausting to be pi$$ed off all the time about the constant rejection, and I truly believe that the negativity will only drive people (and jobs) away. I have a b17ch fest, then calm down, remember why I went to school in the first place, and move on.
I'm not even going to comment on whether the OP is out of line posting the original message or not. It's a public board, and they are certainly welcome to their opinions. To me it is obvious that they are extremely frustrated, but most of all extremely angry. I only hope that they can channel some of those emotions into productive energy for their job search
In the meantime op, whatever small consolation it is, know that you are not alone in being unemployed and frustrated.