Hi! I saw no one has posted to you yet. I will share my expereince with you. I am graduating in May also but I secured my post-graduation job a few weeks ago.
What I did was I called the nurse recruiter at the hospital I was interested in and asked her what opportunities they had available for graduate nurses. (I like to cut to the chase and find the person I need to speak with rather than drop off a resume with someone in HR) She suggested I email her my resume and made an appointment for me to come in. So I did. I had to come straight from work, so I was in my scrubs
(no time whatsoever to change) I brought another hard copy of my resume and my references and she had me fill out an application in her office. Then she discussed what options they had and made an appointment for me to meet the following week with the NM of the floor I am interested in. (Maternity center--also like you I am interested in a specialty and not med-surg)
For that meeting, I wore a skirt, blouse, and suit-jacket. I brought a copy of my transcript and gave it to the NM.
Be prepared for hard questions. Nothing about my grades or anything. Mostly where do you see yourself in three years, and what makes you a team player and what will you bring to our floor etc. So I suggest looking at your reasons for why you want to be a nurse, and why you want your particular specialty, before you get there.
She hired me on the spot for Post partum after helping me clarify which part of L&D I am more suited for. I'll cross-train later into IP.
I have worked all along, so my resume had that. I also include all my volunteer work on my resume as well. Do you volunteer? Add it on. I include my participating in fund-raising events like walking for the Light The Night walk. If you have done something like that, add it. Anything that shows you are involved in something positive will help. You don't have to be an expert at anything that you did; showing that you did something is the important thing. Nurses are life-long learners, so by showing your interest in anything you will look good. Also, a frank and honest discussion with the person you are interviewing with explaining why you chose to stay home etc will go over really well. I had to be frank and honest when I explained my reasons for leaving another job with only a weeks notice but honesty pays off.
I needed to get two faculty references too. the recruiter gave me a paper to have filled out by two faculty. One was filled out by my maternity clinical instructor and the other will be filled out by my instructor next semester. So you might want to call the instructor (s) that you would like to use for references and be sure that its okay with them.
Probably the recruiter will be familiar with the colleges in your area and will probably have an idea of the program you are in, so you don't have to be really specific in your clinical stuff etc. I put on my resume something like "Nursing Student, MCC, currently attending third semester, intent to graduate May 2006" something to that effect.
If you want to PM me I can share more.