Quote from vek7
Even nurse residency programs seem uninterested in a new grad!
What can I do? I feel so disheartened that I can’t imagine myself applying for a REAL JOB when a program intended for students discards me so easily…
Keep in mind that it might not necessarily be YOU as the reason for rejection. New Grad Programs are swamped with applicants. Unfortunately for the new grad, it means that these programs can set the bar wherever and however they want because it's not as though they're lacking for qualified applicants. They can decide that they'll only take applicants with BSNs, GPAs of 3.9, have worked as CNA/LVNs, and speak two languages...and will probably have more than enough applicants who fit those narrow qualifications. Fair? Not always. But like it or not, employers have the upper hand right now.
Or they may have a policy--either public or unwritten--to take the first X number of applicants that apply and then close the opening regardless of who else may apply. Which sucks if you are an outstanding candidate but happen to be applicant #510 when the gates closed at #500. Again, not always fair, but it is what it is.
As far as postings with the Words of Doom in them...yep, I remember being disheartened upon seeing them too. They're nothing new...they've become pretty common to see since 2008.
All you can do is keep applying to everything and anything that you can. Be patient--most new grads are taking months to over a year to land something, and yes, this includes the "cream of the crop" graduates. Be flexible: very very few grads land in their dream job/specialty right out of the gate. Most nurses end up transferring to it after a few years' experience.
And I can't stress this enough: you may need to look outside of the hospital box. So many new grads are so focused on getting into hospitals that they miss out on a lot of opportunities. Your first job is just a stepping stone to start your career--no one says it's where you have to be forever. Don't limit yourself to hospitals-only, or down the road you may find yourself becoming a stale old grad with no experience...and they have an even harder time finding work than new grads do.