I'm a single mom and this is exactly what I decided to do. I had all but one pre-req done, but that mean I was going to have to wait another 6mo for the application process to begin again, and then hope I got accepted the first time, and I didn't want to wait. For me it's more important to get working.
I was a bit hesitent at first because I never planned to get my LPN and was under a LOT of misconcpetions about what LPN's can do, where they can work, etc... For instance, I really thought LPN's could only work in nursing homes and do a little more than CNA's. Wow, I was totally wrong. All but two of my local hospitals hire LPN's, and on all floors but ICU. The skills are almost identical with the exception of pushing IV meds and doing an initial assessment.
For me it's been great because LPN students have about 3x as many clinical hours as an RN program. RN students in my area do 4 semesters with 1-2 clinical days/wk, take a month long break in the winter and a full summer off. We do 11 1/2mo straight, with up to 4 clinical days a week, and finish with a month of "leadership" which is a 40hr/wk in a hospital. On top of that, while I'm in RN school (the programs I'm looking at are 2 class days/wk and 1 clinical/wk) I'll be able to work as a nurse and gain all that extra experience while making decent money!!!! When I start RN in August, I'm going to have four days a week without any school, so I plan to work 2-12's and spend the rest of the time with my ds. I know it's going to be hectic, but I think it'll be doable and so worth it in the end.
The other major perk is that LPN to RN bridge programs are easy to get into compared to RN school. In RN school they have a set number of seats and once they fill them, that's it. With the bridge, they accept anyone who meets their requirements. So now instead of crossing my fingers, and going to whatever school would take me, I know get to chose between the top three program in my area! That is a HUGE advantage in my book.
Plus, you'll make more as a new hire RN because you'll have nursing experience under your belt. You can often get the hospital you work at to pay for your RN, and promote you on graduation from RN!
I will say, the other misconception I had was that LPN school would be pretty easy. I have my degree in psychology with a minor in philosophy so I went in thinking, "how hard can it be?" Well, I wouldn't say it's academically challenging so much as it's just a ton of work. The first half we had 3-4 and sometimes even 5 exams a week, plus modules, papers, and projects, and all our clinical prep time and time spent in clinicals. I worked for the first couple of months, but there was just no way I could keep up and take good care of my son. My program is 8h/day 5days/wk so it's not easy, but it's doable.
I think it's a fantasic option and higly recommend it to people!