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Most advanced practice nursing degrees do require you to have a year of experience - but not all. My university, for example, lists it as a "recommendation" for a couple degrees (FNP, PNP, as well as public health and teaching nursing school). I would guess they give priority to those applicants who have worked as an RN. The nurse-midwifery program there does require one year experience, though (and obviously you do need to be an RN and have a bachelors degree for entry.) If I were you, I'd apply for BSN programs once you have your associates - do you have most of the science courses done? Just know that the programs are very competitive, so you'd need a 3.5+ GPA, most likely.
Frontier has a ADN-MSN bridge program - but again, you have to have an associates degree in nursing, and you do need one year of experience as a nurse, or similar (such as doula work).
I'm sure there are CNM programs that don't require that year of experience - my mom is a CNM (with 30 years in L&D), but she works with a midwife who went straight through the schooling w/o working as an RN... so I assume they are out there somewhere.
Best of luck figuring it out. Hopefully someone else has some ideas for you to look into. Besides your clinical rotations in nursing school (which aren't very long), there's no reason you have to work in med-surg or other areas of nursing that don't appeal to you. You could do your one year in NICU or L&D or mother and baby. The issue is finding a job in this economy, though - many new grads can't get a job even in a nursing home right now. This depends on your location, and of course it's hard to say how it will be like in a few years when you are an RN.