While many people get their LPN and successfully obtain their RN later, I think a lot of people DO find that once they start working (especially with shift work), it is harder to get back to school to get their RN (I have an LPN friend that's been working on her RN for like 5 years now). Some never end up going back. I think if you have a goal, you should just go for it until you get there.
At least in my state, there is a never ending attempt to make an RN the minimum requirement to hold the title of "nurse" as well as an attempt to make a Bachelor's in nursing the minimum education in order to take the boards to take the RN. In my profession, Social Work, they've already passed laws to make those changes stripping a lot of people of the jobs and job titles they've held for years, even decades. You're ALWAYS safer getting your RN and of course getting your BS degree in the health field.
at 3:13 PM on Apr. 29, 2009