Hey LVN_Flower, The schools here in SD are very limited in how many students they take. For example, Southwestern college (where I graduated from with my LVN) takes 10 at most LVN to RN students and that's only if enough ADN students either drop or fail their semester. NU is based highly on TEAS and GPA, Miracosta is waiting list, and so on.
As far as hospitals hiring based on school you attended, they don't care. As long as you pass boards then that's what counts. I was reading up on ICHS and it seems like they really trap students to keep them in their program. That sounds very scary.