I agree with Vicky RN, most rural facilities have a good supply of LPN's employed, but again, how rural do you want to be? You can do the same here. Not knocking NC in any way, but here in WV, we actually have more programs to further your education and obtain your RN than the whole state of NC offers, it may not seem cheap here, but it is if you actually consider some of the hidden costs. Salaries are low in NC compared to the COL and raises are still based on the magic formula that some "non-nurse" accountant computes and then gives to everyone, no matter how well you do the job. So do not expect to be making the really big bucks at your regular job, most of the nurses I know work extra in NC, there is where they make the big bucks.
Many of the nurses I know have said they actually see a better wage, COL, and conditions in VA than NC. I just talked to one in July and she said she was glad she left NC for VA, better money and better opportunities. Who knows? In the end it is a personal choice.