Quote from ChryssyD
Nursing is not for the faint of heart, or (sorry) the lazy. If you aren't willing to put in the time to do your duty in a 24-7-365 career, maybe you should pursue something like dental hygienist, physical therapy assistant, or massage therapist--good, caring jobs for people who really don't want 24-hour accountability.
Those of us who work Monday-Friday are far from lazy; heck, we work 5 whole days in a row!
And I truly am accountable 24 x 7, whereas those of you who work your 12s and go home are only accountable for 12 x 3, unless you take call or work overtime. (In the Army, it was seriously 24 x 7 nursing at a level I hope to never experience again.) I tell you what - while it sounds "easier" to have those set Monday-Friday hours, it's not. I miss my hourly pay and shift differentials and OT, as well as my weekdays off when the rest of the world isn't trying to run the same errands! Lol.
OP, ChryssyD is right - those jobs are scarce right out of the gate, but those 12s have their benefits too. If you really want to be a nurse, embrace the suck for a few years. You might find that you like shift work, or nights - I loved them both, but I also love what I do as an educator. Embracing the suck that is Monday-Friday to do what I love.