I'm a new grad RN who graduated with my BSN in August. In September, I moved from PA to Hawaii (Oahu) to be with my boyfriend who is here for the Army. I heard nursing jobs were hard to get before I got here, but I didn't know it would be anything like this. I've literally called everywhere on the island and no one is hiring new grads right now. I've applied to several nurse's aid positions at a couple different hospitals and keep getting rejected, which is beyond frustrating considering I am overqualified for those positions. I've even applied for RN positions at clinics and health centers, which didn't require experience, but I've still had no luck.
I just recently applied for my Hawaii RN license, so maybe once I get that I'll have more luck finding something. I'm thinking about applying to nursing homes or hospice/home health even though that won't count towards a year of acute care experience. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do to get a nursing job or know anyone at the hospitals here I can talk to about it? I am so frustrated since I worked so hard for 4 years and did so well grade wise in school and especially since most of the people I graduated with already have RN jobs back home. I appreciate any suggestions/advice anyone may have. Thanks!