Just wanted to come back and update everyone on the outcome of my original post and encourage all the GN's out there without jobs to keep pressing on.
Well I went to the nursing fair as advised by everyone who responded to me. I acted very confident and calm even though I was terrified and intimidated. I was sure I would be turned away at the entrance..but they were quite welcoming even after they found out I was a GN. I dressed very professional-a plus for me- because there were individuals there looking as if they were hanging out at home with friends.
Most of the nurse managers that I met reinerated that they were looking for experienced nurses. I kept pressing on and got to a manager who mentioned that she believed that there may be a position available on the pysch/med unit. The pysch manager was not there but she assured me that she would forward my information to her. I left the fair feeling good even though I did not get offered a position. I had made some connections and would use that to get a job at this hospital one way or another.
As promised twenty four hours later I got an email from the manager indicating she had submitted my resume to the pysch manager. Within a week HR contacted me for an interview and I had a job offer three days later.
Now this position would not be my first choice if I had a choice
..and during the interview I found out its 90% pyche-10% medical. But in this job market I am happy I have a job. I take in consideration that I am now part of the largest hospital system in Orlando and it will be easy to move to a more medical position in six months to a year. Then again I may find out I love it and stay...life's funny like that.
So to all the GN's out there you will get a job. Just be open to all options and take whatever you can get for now.
Thanks again for the advise everyone gave me...it paid off!!!