I worked in the corporate jungle for a long time before I decided to do something useful with the rest of my life. I know what it is like to have to go out a dig for a job.I think nurses got a litle spoiled in the past. In a lot of places a nurse could quit a job in the morning and have another one before supper. Now it's a lot different.
Think of job hunting as a game. The more skilled players get the jobs. I have a spot waiting for me when I graduate later this month as an GVN/LN in an acute care facility. I got it through networking and using contacts I had developed through the years and while in nursing school. I did not apply to a single position I saw in a newspaper or on Monster or any other job search
site. I had five interviews in two weeks and I got every one by networking and making cold calls to put in applications.
My advice, for what it's worth, is try to attend a couple of job hunting seminars. Most state employment services offer them free of charge. If you can't do that, find a good book on the subject. The advice you get sounds corny and you think that none of it works but it does. It has for me a couple of times. Also, never blow off anybody you come in contact with. The casual acquaintance you make today may be the one who puts you onto a really good opportunity next month.
GilaRN made a very good point above. When the economy goes south it affects everything. Unfortunately, this time around it has hit health care. Everyone will have to adapt.