Where I am (Chicago), most of the hospitals could care less about your GPA. They just want to know if you passed NCLEX and have a license. However, since the economy is in the toilet and about to get flushed, some students have put their GPA on their resume. However, this is only because they have a GPA of 3.5 or above. I'm guessing that helps since it signifies you graduating with honors and thus was a very good student.
When it come to recruiters looking at your academic history, I think that as long you passed your required courses then you should be fine. However, if you want to work in Med/Surg, but got a D+ in the class, then......well, you know, you may just have to really sell the reason why you got that grade, but now you understand the information and willing to learn from the experience.
All in all, grades aren't as important anymore, but if you're looking into attending a prestigious hospital or a highly popular new grad program then I think you better have a darn good essay/interview to boost your brownie points!
Hope this helps!
NurseThis21, BSN, RN