"He had 10 years experience and was really saddened at how much professionalism and dignity has disappeared from the profession. I agreed."
This article has a slight feeling of "I use to walk to school in the snow uphills both ways" vibe, but I'll still take your word that everyone there was either loud, poorly dressed, childish, or very obese. However, as a student I can assure you that there are many of us that are bright, well dressed, properly groomed, articulate, and more than ready to compete for what few jobs are available.
I often read on Allnurses how posters tell us that it is now hard to land a job in nursing. With that being said, I wouldn't judge the nursing profession by new grads that are not likely to get hired. Judge it by looking in a miror and by those working at your side.
I can't argue that the OP did or did not see what was at the job fair, but I can say that nursing is still enticing the intelligent, compassionate, and the hygienically sound.
I do find it hard to believe that nursing has deteriorated so horribly in the last 5 years that you became a nurse. I disagree. For all the students, universities, instructors, and future patients...I disagree.