You're in the D/FW metroplex? I also live in the D/FW area (Fort Worth, to be exact). The local job market around here has been totally saturated for the past three years with masses of new grads and many more experienced nurses.
such as El Centro, TCU, UTA, Southwestern Adventist, TCC, Brookhaven, Collin County College, Trinity Valley, Weatherford College, Hill College, NCTC, Tarleton State, Midwestern State, DNI, Grayson County College, and many others have been producing far more new grads than the local nursing job market can reasonably handle. This has resulted in too few nursing jobs
and too many nurses in the D/FW employment market right now.
To add injury to insult, many new grads from out of state have been relocating to the D/FW area in search of jobs. Numerous experienced nurses have relocated here over the past five years from all over the United States. There's also a huge population of nurses from other countries. The end result is an extraordinarily tight nursing job market.
To be totally honest with you, your best bet is to try to get hired into any nursing job. New grad internships in areas such as the ER and ICU are fiercely competitive to the point that several hundred candidates apply for each opening. Even the general med/surg jobs are attracting several hundred applicants per job opening. Beggars cannot be choosers in this economic climate.
Also, be open to working outside the hospital. I am cognizant that working in the ER or ICU is a dream for you, but it is imperative to start accruing experience wherever you can. LTACHs (long term acute care hospitals) such as Kindred and Vibra have ICUs. Rehabilitation hospitals such as Ethicus, Reliant, and Healthsouth often hire new grads.
Good luck to you, and thank you for serving our country.