As a New Grad I was offered $20/hr at some hospitals and $21/hr at others plus shift differential ($4/hr for nights). I was a New Grad last year and I tried to get into all the North Carolina hospitals and was not given an opportunity (I was an out-of-state New Grad) until I lost my home to a flood in Iowa and a county hospital squeezed me into their program during the middle of it.
Now I work at another hospital closer to home and the New Grads that were just hired said they had a lot of difficulty getting jobs and a lot of their classmates are desperately still looking.
The nursing job market all around is very difficult now. I just oriented at my 2nd job (hired PRN) and spoke with nurses with 20+ and 30+ years of experience and they were shocked at how hard it was to find a job now (they at one point said it was true that they would always find a job, but not anymore). One of them said that she was considering going back to the Middle East like she was doing for the past few years because all she could find here was a PRN job. The other one was forced to take a refresher course where she would pay the hospital
to work there so she could get more acute care experience (she worked in a doctor's office for 23 years). The funny thing is that the hospital will not guarantee her a job at the end of it!
I have a friend who graduated with me from the ADN program last year and just got her BSN this summer and she still can't get a hospital job, but she is working full-time and PRN at a skilled nursing facility 3rd shift.
Get your BSN, start looking now into working at a hospital or whatever as a nursing tech or CNA (even though I know people who did that and they could not get work as an RN either where they graduated) but hopefully (keep your fingers crossed) by the time you graduate, the economy will have improved, the older nurses will have finally retired, and the full-timers will cut down to part-time, and you will then get the job you so very hardfully worked for!