I took a year off doing other stuff after I graduated nursing school
and passing the NCLEX and managed to find a job right away (not a hospital). I was up front with the interviewer and told them why I took off (family obligations, work related) so I really think it depends on the employer.
My suggestion to you if you have only been applying to hospitals (and others who may not have found work in many months) would be to look outside of hospitals for work. Try LTC, doctor's offices, urgent care facilities, home care, methadone clinics, jails etc. These jobs can become your stepping stones to better things.
It could also be the area that you live in (ex a large city or town with nursing programs
), even if you have tried to apply to all kinds of positions it could be saturated with competing new grads. I've had to relocate for the job I have now and I don't regret it because even though it is not hospital work, I am getting a lot of experience with treatments and documenting, and the pay is competitive for the area to boot.