Unfortunately, I don't have an answer for you because I am basically in the same boat. I was encouraged not to work by my husband while I was in nursing school. He figured this way I wouldn't feel overwhelmed by having to deal with school, our kids, and then a job. I figured that this was sound logic considering we have a teenager with autism who is pretty low functioning and requires a lot of assistance. Now that I'm finished with school and successfully passed the NCLEX but have no job, I feel that I have passed up valuable chances at gaining experience. The only nursing job that I've had was short lived because the place was new and completely disorganized. I ended up doing the nursing work plus clerical work and worrying about my license because of how lax everyone was about everything, including medications. I'm beginning to get really worried about getting a job now. I maintained a 4.0 throughout the nursing program, including BSN, and got great clinical feedback from both patients and my instructors, but I don't think that will help me as much as actual experience would. I've applied to many job openings lately and plan on continuing to do so and hopefully it will pay off soon. Hopefully, in the not too distant future we will both be back here reporting our successful job-hunting efforts. I wish you the best of luck and I hope that someone will give you the chance to prove yourself as a nurse.