I am in the same boat. No experience in acute care, no job in hospitals. I am working in pulic health but it doesn't count as nursing experience. I am not longer a new grad, so I don't qualified for a new grad program. I have all of those certifications, BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP, fetal heart monitoring and pretty soon will add de CIC (Infection Control), those doesn't help, even to apply for a Infection Control Nurse, they ask for CIC certification but also for experience in acute care.
I think that as soon as my resume is read and the recruiters look at my cero experienced in acute care, they don't even look at the rest of my resume or probably is something wrong with my resume that makes it look so disgusting for the recruiters. I don't know what to think.
I am so depressed and discouraged. Altough I am working, I need to complement my job with the nursing experience in acute care. My husband was fired looking for a job. If I don't get a RN job pretty soon. I am thinking to apply as a warehouse clerk, janitor at nights, seriously, no a joke. It is very discouraging and frustating.