I posted this two years ago and I apologize for not returning any sooner to answer questions. Life as a new grad definitely kept me busy! Anyway, I'm so glad to hear that my story is still helping you guys in your job hunt. :)
Everyone who has asked for my DON letter: It is an ATTACHMENT at the end of my very first post. It gets lost in there because things are all jumbled, but I swear it's there.
@ nc12: Complete your application with HR, then send the email to the DON.
@ Loque: YES email the floors you're interested in. This is exactly what I did since my hospital has the nurse residency for new grads. I don't know if it is annoying to them to get emails on top of hundreds of new grad apps, but clearly it didn't matter because I got responses the next business day! That is better than sitting around waiting...and waiting...and waiting.
@ Maddox: I did not apply to any hospitals with no active job listing. If you're actively job hunting, I don't see why you should limit yourself only to organizations with active job listings. I wouldn't say that I would focus on it, but I wouldn't give up hope either. If a manager is impressed with what they see, they may keep you in mind for future positions.
@ Mr Cooper: YES!! Email your DONs ASAP no matter the deadline!! It does not hurt to show them your qualifications ahead of the game.