Mo2rn, I have the same story as you. Graduated with my associates in June of 2011, received my license in September, and then started applying for nursing jobs
like crazy. I stopped counting resumes/aps I'd filled out and sent after the 100th one. I've had a whopping total of 2 interviews. Both places that I interviewed at told me that they liked me and that I would be passed along to a second interview. One was a recent interview so I am still holding my breath with that one and will actually be calling them today. The other one, I never heard from again. I even called them and emailed them trying to get a response (no I did not stalk them) and they would not reply or return my phone calls. I figured that they went with someone else but I still wanted to find out why they didn't send me to the second interview as they stated they would, and perhaps give me any pointers as to where I went wrong. No replies.
I believe that I know where my problem lies in not getting a job so far. I'm 43 and I've spent the last 16 years being a fulltime stay at home mom. My last actual job was in a clerical position for a medical facility but it was eons ago and the facility has since moved and my old supervisor is long gone. So basically I have no real world working experience and I'm competing with so many people who are half my age who have experience as nursing assistants. It doesn't matter that I have real life experience, doesn't matter that I have had 4 children with various medical issues to deal with, doesn't matter that I helped take care of my grandmother with Alzheimers until her death, doesn't matter that I have volunteered in the local school system for years, etc....... None of that seems to count because I didn't do those things in a medical facility. I have my days of feeling really down about the whole "no job" situation but then I kick my butt a little and pull myself right back up. I've recently started applying at facilities that are 2 hours away, where I could work 2 or 3 days per week. I know that I would hate the drive but if it were only a few days a week I could survive in order to work and get experience. Moving to another state is not an option for me. I am not going to leave my family, that is not negotiable.