I don't have hospital experience either & am in an ADN program right now. This is definitely not the end of the world
will teach you what you need to know...you don't necessarily need to have hospital experience, but I do think that some of the students I'm in school with know a few more things off the top of their heads than I do. For example, I actually have to study the treatment/medications associated with COPD, whereas another student may just know it off the top of their head b/c they took care of someone in a hospital with it. My first semester, there were a lot of conversations between students that I couldn't keep up with, but I'm used to that.
You've gotta figure...you've also got life experience. I think I saw somewhere that you have kids, right? I don't have kids & I actually think that holds me back more than not having hospital experience. A lot of moms (& probably dads, too) are already pretty familiar with tonsillitis, anti-biotics, asthma, etc. & I'm clueless until I go to lecture & do the reading.
I absolutely would not recommend going through the LPN program to soften the blow of the RN program. I think it's a huge price to pay, especially seeing as how you already know you want to be an RN.
I honestly think you'll do fine.