I know you said your were blessed not to have worked anywhere doing school, but I can't imagine not working anywhere. A summer job? The job market is so competitive, most people work some where doing school, if not full time. Single moms work full time during school and take of kids. The thing with young graduates is they have nothing to compare real adult stress to. I can't presume to know your situation, but take a job anywhere while you are applying for nursing jobs. It will show that you are responsible and that regular jobs are not beneath you.