Thank you all for responding! Wasn't sure that anyone would even answer so I am very encouraged
I know this post got pretty lengthy but when I read other job hunting posts I prefer to know as much detail as possible, so I hope that it helps even one person.
Here’s an update: It's been about two months now, I realized it had actually been longer after I posted. So far I have applied as far west as Toledo and as far east as Pittsburgh at over 20 different hospitals and for multiple positions at each one. That's as far as I can relocate, I know I sound stubborn but there's plenty of good reasons I need to stay. I'd rather take a non-hospital job until while I search than relocate further. I've also been doing a lot of networking, and the one thing I am hearing over and over is "Oh God our HR department sucks! I know we are hiring but it will take a while for someone to even call." So hopefully I am still being considered for a few out there.
I did actually have a phone interview with the Cleveland Clinic- Being from Cleveland, I REALLY want to start there! But I had to do WORK to get the phone interview in the first place. After three calls and countless transfers I contacted their New Graduate RN recruiter (who knew there was one?!) and she was very helpful. I suggest contacting her if you are still looking and interested. She said that they tend to hire in waves, and unfortunately I had come in right after one. And- turns out there had been a problem with my first application for the CC and it was just denied automatically! It was not my fault and was a glitch in their computer system- how crazy and frustrating! She was able to set it right and it was totally worth it to find her so I could move on in their system. BEWARE of those online apps- they can be tricky to even get past!
I've also been using other (what some might call outdated) methods of searching for RN jobs. I've found a few prospects on Craigslist and The Plain Dealer (the major Cleveland newspaper) that look promising, but nothing jump-up-and-down exciting (which is exactly what I did when I had the phone interview with the CC). Mostly home health and nursing homes, etc. Definitely methods of job hunting that I've never used before but have surprised me. I am going to a few open houses this coming week that I have found so I’ll know more later about how well these worked.
All in all- keeping my fingers crossed. Not discouraged thanks to all your responses! Thank you again to anyone who has posted in response and I wish everyone the very best!