Help!! I'm a recent graduate from an ADN program in Alabama, and just moved to Texas outside the DFW area. I'm still waiting on my Authorization to Test from the Texas BON for the NCLEX (3-4 weeks later), and having absolutely no luck whatsoever on jobs. Most of the hospitals I've looked at require that you be hired into a new grad residency program, and that's so competitive that from what I hear, I may as well not even apply unless I have a ton of strings to pull and know lots of good people in good places...which I don't, being from out of state. Does anyone have any advice on where to look for a job? I live in a fairly rural area and am not opposed to starting somewhere other than a hospital, as long as it could lead me to an ICU position soon (3 - 5 year goal is CRNA). Any help would be greatly appreciated. It's very discouraging! We work so hard, sacrifice so much, to be a help to society and those in need...and nobody wants to hire you.