I am a new RN grad who graduated in May from a very well known nursing school
in Miami...i was in the same boat as you. Fortunately, i am one of the few who finally 2.5 months got interviews and the such and job offers. This is what i learned...it's all about timing and just calling and going at the right time. I devised this game plan about two weeks ago, but i never got to use it...
In addition to applying over the internet, fax your resume, cover letter, and any letter of recommendations to the nurse recruiter at each hospital you are interested in. Make sure you call ahead, and get their name and address everything to them. Then call them or go to HR office and talk to the recruiter. Don't be overly pushy, just show them your interest and enthusiasm. Tell them you applied online and faxed them your resume, cover letter, etc. Then tell them that you realize that they have probably been swamped with calls from new RN's but you are interested in their specific facility, and tell them why. Maybe it's a feeling you get when your there, maybe you know someone there..Try to make yourself stick out. Ask them for their business card, wait a couple days and call again. DO NOT STALK THEM, just try a few phone calls, if no response..wait a bit...a week or two, then politely call again and tell them that you are still interested in their facility and if any positions open up, you would love for them to consider you.
This is what my mom who used to be the director of human resources at a home health agency told me to do. Faxing is great, bc then it get's put directly on the recruiter's desk. Just make sure you address the fax to the recruiter, using their specific name, Faxes are alot easier to look at, and if it's on ur desk, your more likely to look it or catch a glance, instead of having to pull up apps on the computer.
Try those tricks, and good luck. With persistence you will find something, just try and have patience even if it's hard.
I was in your shoes, so i can sympathize. Good luck!