I will pipe up with my experience (limited). It can be done, but you should have some $ saved up for the wait. I moved here the end of January. I got my CO license and started applying beginning of December last year. I put in probably 100 applications. I waited and waited and waited. Just as my savings acct was approaching 0, I got a job the first week of Feb. As soon as I accepted the job (my 1st choice), all the other places called. Point being? Slow HR's here. 2 of the job offers were from Colorado Springs (CCU and tele floor).
I don't know how close you are to CO, but the one unit in CO Springs was willing to do a phone interview with me. I went in anyway (CCU). The manager and educator seemed very helpful and professional. The unit was VERY nice. It was difficult to turn down. If I had little ones to think about - I would probably apply from where you are currently living and see what happens - but get your CO license, as they won't even look at you without it.
Good luck in what ever you decide!