Here's a little advice on finding a job as a new grad in California, especially the SF Bay Area. The new grad programs are only offered 2 or 3 times each year. You've got to apply EARLY, meaning, at least 6 months before the new grad class starts. If you haven't passed the NCLEX, do so immediately. They used to take new grad nurses with interim permits (IPs), but with the job market these days, they don't need to train someone and then have them not pass the test (you can not practice on the floor after that until you do pass).
Most new grad programs are online (UCSF, UCLA, Stanford, Lucille Packard, Kaiser, Palo Alto VA, Alta Bates, etc.) Fill out the online application and make a note of the date and confirmation number (they will sometimes give you that). Then followup with the HR personnel dept, or go out to the hospital and talk in person to the HR dept. Or if you feel comfortable, talk to the individual floor where you want to work.
Finding a job takes persistance. From the posts lately, I've noticed a glut of new grad nurses and not many new grad jobs (the hospital cuts down on their program slots). If you want a particular unit, like the NICU, or maternity, the number of slots for new grads are slim to none. Med/surg has more slots. The important thing is to get a job first, do at least a year so you won't be classified as a "new grad" and then you'll have more flexibility to change jobs.
As a new grad, you will probably work the "unpopular shifts" of evenings or nights with every other weekend. You do get more pay that way (they have evening and night differentials), but your body clock needs to adjust. It can be quieter during those shifts, so that's often a good way to assimilate into the rhythm of a hospital.
If you are flexible in terms of moving out of the area, there are more jobs outside of the metropolitan California cities. One of my friends wanted the NICU and applied to all the hospitals in the SF Bay Area, LA area and even up with Seattle. He finally got a job in Arizona. He'll work there, get some experience and then transfer back to the SF Bay Area.
I hope that helps. We are living in very unusual circumstances with this economy and it will take some time to recover.