I am sorry that I touched a sore nerve. I do not believe unemployment is like having cancer. I know what it is to be sick and it is not like searching for a job, having nowhere to use one's skill set and not having income. Good health is king, and I am sure nobody on this forum would disagree on that. What I maintain is that we as budding healthcare professionals are barred, gagged, and prevented from doing work for our communities in the role we spent 5,6,7 years of our lives preparing for. I don't think this is like having a cancer. Look, nurses and nursing play a critical role in the treatment of sick people. If we compromise nursing by refusing to train new ones for a 5-10 year period, what's healthcare going to be like with a wave of institutions scrambling to train new grads in a hurry? That day has to come eventually, no? I certainly hope I don't find myself on a sick bed when that day comes and there's a wave of inexperienced nurses. This just shouldn't be happening. I've contacted so many HR departments across the states these past 9 months. I've lost count. The new grad RN is a persona non grata. We know that nurses save lives. Who would dispute this fact? Are we jeopardizing the future of healthcare and people's lives down the line with this ludicrous policy of not hiring new graduates? And like a ticking time bomb, are we waiting for the day when 6-month nurses will be training newbies? In my opinion, yes. And would I like to be using this period of my life to contribute to my community through dedicated work while it takes care of me through earning a living? Yes. Sounds like a fair trade, but it's not happening for me and it's not happening for many many new and recent graduates. Rather than giving up, I endeavor to do something useful, healthy with my body, and if it raises awareness as well then that can't be a bad thing.