I don't quite believe that LPNs are going to be phased out for several reasons. First being that most managers would prefer to get more services while paying less money. We are the lowest in the licensed nursing chain. It may be true that they are certifying aides to medicate and medical assistants, however, these people are not trained in many nursing skills (or let me correct myself and say that not each state will train others to do these things). There is a nursing shortage and while we cannot totally compensate for the position of an RN, we are licensed as well. Most city hospitals here in NYC are still hiring LPNs (my hospital just listed 8 posting this week, and 5 last week). I wouldn't worry about LPNs being phased out per se. Depending on where you live, you may experience a limited variety of options, but I can't see this happening thoughout the USA. If I am naive, then someone please feel free to correct me. :spin:
If you are really interested in becoming an RN, and have no major commitments to stop you, then maybe that may be the better option...no sick relatives, spouse or children and get it overwith. Best wishes in your decision!