I was just wondering if anyone of you could help me with my concerns. I am 20 years old and a new RN from Illinois. I graduated BSN in the Philippines last March 2012 and right now, I just got my Illinois RN license in the mail. I'm just so annoyed because I've been searching and searching for hospitals in Illinois that would accept new graduates and I always end up devastated. All hospitals require at least 1 year experience in every job they post. As all of you know, most hospitals do not accept paper applications anymore so you just have to apply online. Some hospital websites wouldn't even accept your online application if you leave the "work experience" field blank. I also found some hospitals with a new graduate program but they require transcripts from your nursing school, reference forms from previous clinical instructors, etc. As a RN who graduated in the Philippines, it's kinda hard for me to have access to that. It's not like Philippines is right around the corner. What am I supposed to do? How am i supposed to get a job in a hospital? Some of you might say I should apply to a nursing home first and then apply again to a hospital when I gain experience but is there any other way besides this?
Do you know any hospital in Illinois (preferably near Skokie) that accepts new grads (without needing to show transcripts from school, etc). I desperately wanna work as soon as possible because i'm so tired of asking my parents for allowance. Thanks so much for all your help.