Chicagoland. I can't even begin to count how many nursing programs
there are around here, spitting out nurses every semester. There is always an exception, but without a BSN AND a few years of experience AND an "in," it's pretty difficult to get a hospital job. It's even becoming challenging to get an LTC position at a place that is not a complete disaster.
I royally screwed myself over when 2 months before graduation, I walked off duty at the start of shift in a huff. I was a patient care tech there for 3 years, and I'm sure I would have obtained employment as an RN there. I don't know of any PCT and fellow classmates that didn't.
(I've worked hard on hormonal and subsequent behavioral issues I have.) Definitely kicking myself now.