Hi all! I'm pretty sure this is NOT the first post regarding this topic. I'm a new grad and just passed the NCLEX last week. I only have an Associate's degree, and I'm aware that in these economic times, many hospitals will not even consider someone w/ no experience OR their BSN. I plan on going back to school in January 2012, but I am hoping to start my career before then. Is there any advice to get started or to increase my chances of getting noticed? Should I volunteer? sacrifice to work as a CNA to become known to the hospital? I am so lost! Also, should I not bother applying to hospitals that state "experience preferred" or "must have BSN"? Should I restrict myself to just applying online, or make the effort to walk into the actual hospitals? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you all in advance.