Any luck with job hunting yet? Try not to get discouraged (hard as that is). It's difficult everywhere to find a job - my husband has been out of FT work for 2 1/2 years and my aunt just went back after 2 years. Now, as far as advice on finding a RN job, I recommend networking, networking, networking, and persistence.
I am a fairly new RN (graduated Dec 2009) and started applying to jobs in NW Indiana and Chicago in Oct 2009. I applied for 35 jobs and only got 2 calls for interviews. Both places I got in b/c of networking....one hospital one of my clinical instructors worked there PT and put in a good word for me; the other one my mother was networking for me while she was getting her chemotherapy treatment for her breast cancer!!! I ended up meeting a manager who emailed HR and I landed the interview and BOOM - I had a job! Think outside the box - maybe it's not a family or friend of yours, but maybe a friend of a friend. A lot of places give bonuses for referrals too so there's somthing in it for both of you. GOOD LUCK!!!
P.S. I just switched jobs this month and I got in b/c one of my best friends from nursing school
sent my resume and cover letter directly
to her manager. It's not what you know, but who you know.