All I can say is, if nursing is your dream, don't let this stop you!! If I could go back in time, I would have striven to get higher grades so that I could graduate with honors, and I would've tried to join nurse leadership organizations while in school, like Sigma Theta Tau. I would've applied to receive nursing awards, and I would've networked a bit better and stayed in contact with my professors & clinical instructors (who can help you find a job in a lot of cases!). Try to get into a Nurse Residency Program or an Internship in the specialty you enjoy too...
I've been looking for a job for 8 months now, but I won't give up. I would never regret going to school for nursing, because I truly could not see myself doing anything else. I live in Long Island, NY, and the market is pretty tough and competitive around here -- NY Metro area in general. There are at least 20 hospitals within a 50 mile radius of where I live (that I've applied to I don't even know how many times now!). It really does seem so hopeless now, but hope is all I can cling to until I get my 1st RN job. I just look at this as a struggle or a challenge that I'll overcome at some point. One day, someone will be willing to give me the elusive, capitalized, bold faced: EXPERIENCE
(that I see on mostly all the online job postings -- "EXPERIENCED RN'S ONLY"
I might go back for my Master's sooner than I had planned. I wanted to gain some real world patient experience as a nurse first, but I'm learning the lesson that things don't always go as planned, and you either let it depress and hinder you, or you rise above it and go with the flow/see where life takes you. I love this quote by Carl Sagan and it helps me feel better about this situation:
“I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.”