Your story made me sad, and I feel I have to make a response.
I am in SF Bay Area in California. The job market here is horrific for new grad nursing students, even experiences nurses are having a hard time to get a job.
6 months ago, I've heard that one of the new grad training program that offered 15 spots received over 1000 applications. Many of my previous nursing students (as far as 3 years out) are still waiting for their 1st nursing job. The down size here in Bay Area is scary, but I do want to encourage you to keep on trying.
A few of my former students had some success going out of states, exactly where, I'm not sure, but I do remember that Huston Tx, had many job and training opportunities.
Also, some of my students (RN, MSN, BSN, ADN, LVN) have challenged the CNA certification (Certified Nurse Assistant), and worked like "Jackie Robinson" and made such an impression to nuse managers that they HAVE to hire them on as staff nurse. I was told that they've showed up early, took on assignments that other CNA's argues about, leaves late, and DON'T gossip. And when they get called into the nurse manager's office with a job offer, many of them cried out of joy.
The job market is tight, but it is not possible. Continue to study, and take CE classes. ie ECG, ACLS, refresher courses, etc. So, when you go for an interview, you can show the mangers that you have kept up with training, and is up-to-date.