I have been in this situation since '08. I only have 6 years myself. New Grads are definitely having a hard time as well. I don't know how to get in either. I can get into a place that has a bad Medicare rating, poor management, and risk my license. I can't even get a job in a decent nursing home!
I was told that I must stink by other nurses a couple of times when I asked on here a few years ago, lmao! So I know that isn't the reason.
Here are some things I have read about on here, newspapers, Internet, etc:
No nursing shortage
Hospitals have no money to hire
Health care cuts
Some people blame Obama, but when I moved back here from Travel nursing Obama was not in office yet.
All the retirees went back to work after their husbands were laid off from work.
Or nurses had to pick up more shifts because their husbands were laid off from work.
The nurses were going to go on strike at two hospitals here. One of the reasons low stafffing and madatry overrtime. =/ Not sure where they are going to get the staffing? Hire some people maybe? Or, can you tell us why there is no staffing?
There are plenty of other places that will hire you in other states. They are even willing to hire me. I just keep procrastinating to leave. Last time I did, I became home sick.
Good luck to you and you are not too seasoned, there is something going on here and there seem to be no clear cut answers.