I don't think I need to tell you the story, I'm a Southern California new graduate nurse. I didn't do everything right to secure a position after graduation and so here I sit. I'm running into walls and I feel as though as the clock ticks, I become exceedingly less marketable, but I'm also not one to moan and groan as it isn't going to change things. So here's my question, if I go back to school now, toward my BSN. Upon graduation, if I only have the the type of jobs I've been doing such as private duty and immunization clinics, will I once again be eligible for new graduate programs? Most preclude students with a year of work experience - but in my mind - this doesn't count? Or I could omit it from my resume and place the volunteer experience I am gaining to "fill in the gap" since unpaid work experience is not a factor I've ever seen as exclusionary (just a beneficial "extra"). Any thoughts and input will be appreciated.