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His reason I believe is that they make more money. My reason is that the school is faster, and we live with his grandmother right now. I want to get my foot in the door somewhere so that we can move sooner. We are running out of space here, but can't afford to buy a house right now. I'm a school bus driver and lost a lot of routes, so I'm not making enough money. We live in Massachusetts and LPN's are still doing well here, too. When my mom was sick with diverticulitis the LPN did everything and the RN came in once for the paperwork. I'd rather care for patients more than paperwork.
Getting out and earning a paycheck sooner by going the LPN route only makes sense if you are absolutely positive your local job market has a need and willingness to hire LPNs. Otherwise you may end up wasting months of time job hunting that you could've spent working towards getting your RN, which gives you multiple paths of possible employment. The present oversupply of nurses means that in most areas your options as an LPN are narrowing.
You should look carefully at how much time your LPN program actually takes compared to the RN programs in your area. Sometimes, especially if you go through a community college program with pre-requisites the time difference isn't all that much. Private, for-profit programs will get you through more quickly, but are very expensive, and your loan payments will be due beginning less than a year after you graduate, whether you have a job or not.
Those are just a few things to think about. Best wishes to you!