It often depends on what fits your needs. My sister became an LPN first because as a single mother, she needed to work. The LPN program was shorter and less demanding. She worked full time (nights) and did the program. She is now working as an LPN and making more money than her night job. She wants to keep this position for a while as LPN's often have more flexibility. RN's are often required to work 12 hour shifts, and the rotations of night and day shifts can change for many RN's, while my sister works mornings and is home when her kids get home from school. She plans to do the RN bridge in a few years, when her kids are older, and don't need a babysitter, etc.
Although, my friend, who is a RN tells me that my sister could just make more money and have more opportunities out there...but for her it is about having more...while my sister is content that she is doing OK for now, and home more often to raise her kids.
Which brings this conversation back to me...I'm kind of working this situation out as well. I am finishing my BA in psychology and planned to get masters in therapy. I am also a single mom of three boys, and I have been slowly going to school while working as a psychology technician. I love my job, and got the position the same month I started my BA...it's taken me six years and I have only a few credits remaining. But?? A couple years ago, I started having seizures. I was out of work for a while too, although I am back now. But my mind is working differently. I have to take the medicine every day, but I still have mini seizures through the night, if they raise the medicine, I can't work at all and the quality of life is well- zilch. And that big but?? Is that I just don't have the same memory or skill set. I work in a group home that also holds a clinic, so although we have a few new people every year, it is basically the same patients. And I forget their names and backgrounds. I have learned to set my day with a schedule upon arrival into work each day and using this schedule and my notes, I am fully functioning in my work- but as far as the therapy portion? One needs to remember vivid details, this means my plans are changing and I was looking into what I can do with my degree and still work in some kind of program. We often visit psych hospitals, and I see that the nurses are doing much of the hands on care, but also facilitating therapy groups. So, I really have been thinking of going into mental health nursing, but I am thinking it will be too demanding for my skill set- which can be learned and implemented, but is slower than before. I found LPN's often work in similar mental health settings, with less demands, and also I can work part time- if needed. That's really hard to find as an RN, unless you are earning much less per hour than a full time nurse- which is about equal to LPN anyways. I think this will fit my needs for now. If things improve, I can always take a bridge course for RN or even do that masters, but I need to plan for the future and worse case scenarios. (Also? My test scores have been suffering. When I started my BA, I even tested out of classes by just reading the course book first and aced the exams, so the LPN testing is less demanding and should be easier for me).
So, that may be a different scenario than the average person, but if you have a demanding home life, or health issue, learning disability, or don't like high stress, etc. LPN may be the answer. However, if you have none of these and can handle the load? I would choose RN in a minute! (I originally wanted to be a doctor, so you can see my plans just go less- not that LPN is really less- I'm good with being an LPN...I just don't want to end up having a bunch of degrees and being a Walmart greeter the rest of my life!) Just kidding. I'd say take the practice test a few times and look at your personal goals- go the high road whenever you can! Good Luck!