I am glad you guys don't think it's stupid. I am thinking if we could start them all over the place it could be a norm (I am sure we're not going to be the only graduating year without jobs. It'll happen next year too.) Like if ten or fifteen people wanted to get together and one week, go over cardiac (one person share info/refresher on CHF, another person on MI, another person pericarditis, etc.; look at some strips and go over how to read one), then next week go over like respiratory, and so on. Maybe practice assessments on each other and BP. I love sharing what I know with other people--both patients, other nurses, and nursing students. Talk about any places hiring...personally, if I come across a job that maybe is not something I am interested in, but I know of a friend that wants that field, then I pass the info on. I am not the type that throws applications anywhere and everywhere (I am not an OB, ER, OR, ICU person. I enjoy med-surg, psych/addictions/detox, and community and public health/home health). The fact is, we need to start supporting each other and not look at it as competing. It's hard for all of us.
Maybe, if there's a volunteer opportunity somewhere, then a few people from the group can get together and go volunteer together. That way, they know someone and they get experience.
I am going to start fishing around and try and find the people who haven't found anything.