I was a 2nd degree BSN student and graduated in December. I had no paid hospital experience and will begin in the NICU next week. I was a straight A student through school, however. Going in I knew jobs (especially hospital jobs) were tight so I buckled down and made sure I read everything I possibly could, studied while my family was off having fun, showed up for every class/ clinical, and did everything instructors asked of me with a smile. For me it paid off. Good luck.