I'm not sure if there is a preference in my area, I am in Kansas City. I actually don't care where I get a job, if I have to relocate that would be fine with me. I know in KC they are pushing LPNs out of hospitals, and from what I'm told there are certain specialties they won't hire plain RNs for, like critical care. I actually need to be in critical care to become a CRNA eventually, but that is not an immediate factor. I will have 20-25 credit hours to get a BSN which is pretty easy.
And I am in the private school route and will easily have 60,000 in loans if I stay the route I'm in. I would save $10-15,000 if I switch.