Your reasons for going into nursing sound a lot like the reasons why I went in. I'm sorry if some of the negativity on the bulletin board has scared you off. Keep in mind, this is a safe place for us to come and vent. So, oftentimes you'll see our ranting & raving here, as we let off steam.
Contrary to our complaints, there are many nurses who love what they do! And, on top of that, there are many, many settings to work in, yes, even for LVNs. ;-) I work with some top notch LVNs in acute care (California) and they are well respected members of our team. Believe it or not, I'd much rather have some of these LVNs care for me if I was a patient, than some of the negligent, brainless RNs I have worked with.
I can't speak for other states, but here in CA, LVNs work in pretty much all the same settings as RNs. Here, they cannot push IV meds, hang piggybacks, or do central lines, but can do pretty much everything else an RN can, including start IVs, pass meds, do dressing changes, etc (of course, the "RN" is teamed with the LVN where I work, and is responsible for overseeing care).
I won't kid you- these are tough times in nursing. I'm feeling burned out myself these days- because I work overtime everyday & always working shorthanded. I rarely have time to take a break in my 10 hour day, but that's part of the problem with the acute care hospital setting right now. I hear other settings can be less stressful. In the hospital I work at, there never seems to be enough staff & we nurses are worked to the bone. It's a huge responsibility, but is also at times very rewarding. I have learned a great deal, and have had the opportunity to meet some WONDERFUL people from all different backgrounds that otherwise I would never have known (patients, families, and coworkers). Nursing is interesting- I learn something new everyday. And the pay in my area isn't half bad. It might be the career for you, who knows!
I would suggest that you keep an open mind, and perhaps arrange to shadow some nurses in different settings to see if it's what you imagined. Good luck in whatever you decide! Nursing needs good people like you, so please give it some thought if you are truly interested.Please don't let our grumblings discourage you, if it's really in your heart to become a nurse.