Your question is NOT stupid! I agree that getting a job as an CNA or "AUA" (Advanced Unlicensed Assistant) would be a great idea. You may find other terms such as "Nurse Partner / Nurse Extern". Also, I don't know if you're in the U.S. and/or what state you live in, but some states no longer hire "GNs" like they used to, and I think even that title is no longer used.
Also, find out if your state has a program where at some point in your RN schooling, you can take the NCLEX for LPN/ LVN, which of course would be GREAT for experience. Only problem with that is, if you really want HOSPITAL nursing experience, it can be very difficult to get an LPN/LVN position (maybe not ALL states, but some!). I had six strong years of hospital experience as an LPN and could find only ONE hospital in a large city that hired LPNS
Some friends of mine ONLY wanted to work in specialty areas such as Labor & Delivery, which is HARD to get into as a new grad......some were able to get into "Nurse Extern" programs and were hired in that department once they got their RN. You need to look into those programs early though, because they fill up quickly.
If you've spent much time on this website, you may have already read that many new grads are having a tough time finding their first job....I feel so bad for them! I hate to read of new grads not only unable to get a job, but also stressed because their student loans are due.
When I first started nursing, it was NOT like this...I used to work with LOTS of "GNs" with absolutely NO experience (and by "NO", I mean, never an aide/assistant, never taken care of a patient except for in school!) ......Good Luck!!!