HI Dana and welcome to allnurses.com!
Personally, I would go to college, get some pre-requisite courses towards nursing done and then go for your RN. LPNs are wonderful and needed, and yes, are nurses-----but so many go on to school to bridge for the RN later. Working and going to school (and caring for a family if you have one) is NOT easy, and it's no truer than in nursing school
. Working as a nurse can be exhausting, and adding school/university coursework and clinical rotations to that, really tough.
If your goal is to be an RN, then go straight for that.
Decide where you might like to go to school next. See this site:
When you decide the school(s) at which you will apply, you need to look at their prerequisite requirements (core coursework) and start working on those. Most nursing schools
nowadays have LONG waiting lists and are very competitve for very few slots, so they won't often admit candidates who do not already have all their pre-nursing coursework done. Get the core classes taken, and get the best grades you possibly can.
Make sure any credits you take will transfer, if you plan to, say, start in a community college and transfer to a 4 year university later. Do not waste time taking classes that may not transfer. If you are in doubt, talk with the school of nursing counselor of the institution of your choice.
Good luck in your decisions and future career endeavors.