I too am entering my last semester and will graduate in December
. I am so excited I can hardly stand it! We had a 4 month summer break, and I didn't want to get rusty, so I have just been doing NCLEX practice questions, but no specific studying. I have tried to do 50 questions a day, and it seems like it has helped.
I too am worried about finding a job as there is only ONE hospital where I live. I really want to work in the hospital, but our hospital requires 3 years experience. The only way around the 3 years is to successfully complete their Nurse Residency program, which is hard to get into (120 applicants for 30 spots). It is a two month program and after you complete it, you can apply for a job without the experience
I am so freaking nervous about getting in. I will work at a care center if I need to, it is just not where I want to be. My town of 140,000 people only has so many options, luckily my school does not flood the market with new nurses!