I'm a guy, 47 or 48 y.o. (forget which :-), and one semester away from an ADN nursing degree (that's Associate Degree in Nursing, like you). You're making the right moves. I got a 4-year degree BA degree with concentration in computer science 20 years ago, but couldn't get that first job. As a RN, after 2-1/2 years of school I'll be able to make mortgage payments if I want, or travel and work, or work a little and volunteer a little, etc.
Personally, I felt it was honorable work to clean poop from old people's butts when I worked at a nursing home, but my father had just died in home hospice where we had done the same for him, so there may have been some cross-motivation. Now I drive an hour each way to work at a major, university medical center. That's great experience, too.
I'm beginning to believe that the nursing jobs
are really out there, though I'll reserve final judgement until I get the check (and it clears) -- that's just some my character based on previous hard experience.
Right now, study hard and keep passing each semester's classes. Also, use your summers to study ahead while reviewing past material to keep it all fresh for the NCLEX.
Working at a nursing home is *excellent* experience for at least two reasons:
(1) You'll get a lot of basic experience in terms of ADL's and being able to "settle in" a patient without even thinking about what you're doing. Then, when you start working at a hospital, being able to do this will earn you the respect of experienced nurses, as well as the simple fact that these basic nursing tasks will be so second-nature that you'll be able to do them while thinking about and performing the higher-level assessment stuff.
(2) You'll learn if you really like being up close and personal with people in a caring position. Frankly, I really like the patients and find honor in doing for them things that they cannot do for themselves.
P.S. Keep learning those meds!