It is hard as a new grad to get into the "areas" we see ourselves wanting to work, but it's not impossible! I was able to get a job as a new grad in the ER dept. out in California and being from Wyoming I had no connections out here.
You're still a student so that's great! You have time to build up complimentary experiences. I knew I was interested in healthcare and started working as a CNA before nursing school and then during college I got my EMT license and started working as a tech in the ER. In the summers try to work in a healthcare setting and or try to land an internship. Sometimes the internships even pay! Like the Mayo Clinic, I was there for 12 weeks in the summer. But start looking right now for them most applications are due this and next month! I would say start building your professional network and keep in touch with people. And the nurses and people that help you send a hand written personalized thank you card. They will become amazing references later in your job search
During nursing school I did notice that a lot of the Nurses in areas we did our clinicals appeared not happy. But i think that was more because it was med/surg where they had 5+ patients and then they find out in the morning they also have a student. They are were really over worked.
The environment they're working in plays big into their happiness but I have also had experiences where the nurses had reasonable work loads and they were so much happier! And happy to have a student lurk behind them watching every move they make
Also when I was working in the ER as a tech it totally depends on the day! Sometimes your job will suck and it was be very hard.
I love working as a nurse because I feel like I'm the best version of myself. It's an amazing feeling when you get into the zone and see what you've accomplished and how you can help and effect others health and life. I feel proud when I tell people I'm a nurse.