I ran into the same situation as you. Did my LVN first and dont regret it, I figured if I have to take more steps to reach my goal, so be it, at least I was taking steps. I had so many people tell me that doing the LVN program would be a waste of time and to just go straight through for my RN, if I had done that I would still be waiting, as a friend of mine is still on the waiting list, and she got on it when I started school for LVN. There is a waiting list also for the LVN to RN bridge program, but it's a shorter list, at least in my area it is.
My income has gone up and I'm in the nursing field while I wait for my number to come up. Any experience you can get whether it be CNA, LVN or RN is always valuable to have.
My first choice was to go straight through and get my RN, but sometimes we must make things happen and not wait for them to happen. Keep your goal in sight, there is always more than one way to reach it.
Good luck to you