Hi HJS13. I graduated from nursing school at a time when nursing and health care jobs were plentiful. I also paid out very little in education because my employer had an agreement with my nursing program and waived the fees. Now it appears that many new graduates no matter their speciality are having difficulty landing that first job within the first six months. Have you thought about an internship? I know don't know the specifics, but I do know that you may be able to apply for and land an internship at the local, state, or federal level. For instance, I am aware that at the federal level, there are internships for HIM professionals in the veterans administration. Do you have a RHIA or RHIT credential? If so, consider the internship route. Once you get your foot in the door and get past your first year, you may find that you can apply for nursing tuition assistance whereby your nursing education is paid in full. Or, you may have to get through the internship and get in a regular HIM position to get tuition assistance.