Well, I really don't have any intention of getting my RN because I assessed my personality, and it does not gel with me becoming an RN. I did some careful thinking, and, in the process, I discovered many things about myself. I have no real patience for working that closely with people, especially to be responsible for their actions. I don't like to lead people, therefore, I'd never want to be a charge nurse being responsible for employees working under me, I don't want critically ill patients, and, yet, at the same time, I do enjoy reading about medical cases, interacting with people, teaching and being in the medical field as a nurse that has the basic skills to assist patients. I also really hated nursing school
with a passion.
One of the things that I keep in mind also, is that my circumstances make it so that I am not hungry for the big bucks. Believe me, I am not rich, however, my mother left me a mortgage free home when she died, I am married, with one son that is 20 years old. I recently became an LPN, and once I get my credit cards down (and it is not that much), I can survive okay with my salary, especially since I picked up an agency job to work as a flu nurse, and they also have many other interesting cases that I can try. I am not jealous of RNs and I am not discouraged about my position as an LPN, either. I do help the RNs as much as they will allow me...the only pet peeve that I have is when someone does not consider me to be a nurse, and offers their uninvited advice to go on for the RN. I had someone tell me "If you wanted it, you will make it happen." My response to that person was that I DON'T want it, so, it is a mute issue. We cannot fool ourselves to believe that being an LPN absolves us from responsibility because we have a lower license, but, if there is an RN that really wants to throw her weight around, then, I let her/him be an RN...and that may mean to take the whole headache.
I am one that sincerely does not regret being an LPN. I was fortunate enough to have been in a program through my job that offered nursing assistants and the like to become either LPNs or RNs. I was on many committees, and I was a shoe in. Most of administration were really upset that I didn't choose to become an RN, and I even had the GPA to enter, but I flatly refused.
You will get different responses to this thread, but whatever decision you make, know that if you begin as an LPN, then, you can move into the RN when you are ready...the buck does not have to stop there, unless you want it to. There are too many on line courses that can get you where you may want to be. And, if you decide to remain an LPN for awhile, don't let anyone make you feel less than a nurse.