Also, since you plan to go into geriatrics you should know about the new 5-star rating for nursing homes.
Nursing homes are now scored with a star rating at the federal level much like a hotel receives stars for good service. (By the way, I'm not in favor of this 5-star system, but the government never got around to calling for my opinion on the whole thing. We are just stuck with it).
Anyways, one of the catagories for star rating is our RN coverage. I think in the long run, this will mean that more NH's will be looking to hire more RN's. With any luck, this may eventually result in an even better pay scale for RN LTC nurses as many RN's would rather go to the hospital. Supply and demand! Go for your RN if you have the time and $$.
Disclaimer to all LPN's - I was an LPN for 19 years and have never been convinced that I am really any better nurse just because I have RN behind my name now. But it sure is nice to be paid better! My comments are not meant to start an RN vs LPN war