It seems to be nationwide, from the information found surfing this web site.
Florida, for example, has a LOT of posts here and elsewhere from unemployed nurses, RNs and otherwise, doing everything that has been suggested here to find a job, even though the payscale here is always one of the lowest in the country. No dice.
The PR, however, remains the same, such as this story in today's online news: Florida needs 15,000 nurses, new survey says - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com The news does not coincide with experience, since most of it serves to 1) justify importing nurses from foreign countries who will do whatever they are told, whenever they are told, for little money AND 2) entice even more nurses to move here, which further dilutes the labor pool. Just as what happened in the Great Depression (watch "Grapes of Wrath" sometime).
You can't easily fool HR departments by leaving off dates and so on. They've seen it all by now and have MANY MANY applications from which to choose. If yours requires them to do a little work, it goes straight into the wastecan.
My best suggestion would be to try to get into corrections nursing, as I did for numerous years. Private jail-management companies are the very worst, in my experience, but come county/city jails can be good. You have to try them out.
The VA is often the very best gig, wherever they are, but HARD to get a job there initially.