I am graduating from an Associate's Degree program in August 2012.
I have been looking at job postings for RN positions in both Wisconsin and Illinois (if I want to move). I have found a couple that interest me, but most of them have requirements such as experience in hospital, experience period, or educational requirements such as a bachelor's degree. I will be going back to school to get my bachelors degree as soon as I can, but I want to work as an RN right after I graduate (and pass my NCLEX).
What I am asking is, how hard is it to get an RN job when you are a new nurse? I am a CNA right now in a long term care setting. I have been a CNA since I was 17 (now 22), so I have lots of long term care experience. Everytime I apply for a hospital CNA position I get absolutely NOWHERE. No call, and when I call them they say I am not what they are looking for (already) or that the position is no longer open, even though it's on the website months later. Any help or advice would be great. Thanks