Nerdymama, yes, hospitals do hire new grads. You have to think of your clinicals as a semester-long job interview. The hopsital where I did my externship is the teaching hospital. Many of the nurses were new grads. Seems like the majority of new grads end up in med-surg positions. I don't care what position I'm in. As long as it gets my foot in the door. You can always apply for another position after you have enough experience or transfer to another department once you're in.
I'm a career changer. I worked in the corporate world for the past 17 years. I was laid off last May and have been going back to school since the first week of June. It's a BIG change for me. I was in banking management and was a corporate trainer for many years. One thing I know is I love training. So, I'd really like to become a preceptor once I'm done with my BSN. I had considered becoming a nurse educator, but there just isn't a good job market for it in this area and I can't relocate. My ultimate goal is to be a PA or NP. I'm still leaning towards PA after all the research I've done and looking at the job market, there are LOTS of PA positions in this area. Luckily, the pre-reqs for each program are similar. I figure once I've completed my BSN, I'll have a better perspective on which avenue I want to pursue.
I had looked at UM-Flint to finish my BSN, but they require so many irrelevant classes (extra sociology, humanities, music, etc.) that it was actually cheaper to finish at MSU than UM-Flint. I would need far fewer classes to complete the BSN at MSU. They accepted many credits that some other schools would not accept (e.g. creative writing, foreign language, honors courses, etc.) They have a transfer agreement between LCC & MSU, so it shaves off a semester from the usual RN-to-BSN bridge. I'm excited about getting things started in the fall!!!
Good luck to you!