Thank you both for your replies! I will keep the search going, but so far have been unsuccessful. I've been searching and applying to various positions (unit secretary, tech jobs, patient admissions, transporters, lab runners, etc.) and still no luck. I have 3 years of experience working at an Elementary School where I not only cared for kids but also performed clerical duties like photocopying, excel, and answering phones and such. I also, as I mentioned (I think), completed a CNA course but just don't have the study time for the state board exam to get certified (will do later..). In addition, I volunteer Saturday nights (7-11pm) in a very large hospital's Emergency Room where I transport patients, stock rooms, deliver lab specimen, and change linens. It just seems ridiculous to me that it's proving so hard to find a job in the hospital setting! But thanks for the words of encouragement.
As for Jim, you definitely DO NOT have to have prior hospital experience for a nursing program. My mom is a Nurse Practitioner/Manager and is of very high standing within the Dept. of Veteran's Affairs hospital and she told me that the CNA is a waste of time and money and that she constantly hires RNs and NPs who have had absolutely no prior experience in a hospital setting. Also, once you get into Nursing School you won't have ANY time for a job anyway since you'll be so busy with clinicals and such. However, I will say this: Nursing Schools value prior hospital experience (esp. as a CNA, LVN, etc.) and many around here actually award points to people who have atleast 6 months paid hospital experience and view it as sort of a "this person knows what the hospital setting is like, so they're going to make it through our nursing program, so we'll accept them" situation. That's one of my main reasons for trying so desperately to get a job in the hospital setting. They also highly value volunteer experience in a hospital...but really it's all just for the admissions process. So if you're already accepted, don't even bother. But it all gives you sort of an edge over others if you do have prior experience.