Hi Kookie. I am an LPN who started out as a CNA and am currently working toward my RN. I feel that having been a CNA first gave me an edge, both in nursing school
and when I actually started pushing the med cart. There are just some things they don't teach you in nursing school!
LPN's in my area generally make in the area of $12 - $18 an hour, depending upon where they work. However, Florida does not exactly have the highest wage scale in the United States!
If you've been in the field for 14 years and you still have the desire to help people then I say: Go for it! You will probably be a great nurse.
P.S. Occasionally, I do miss being a CNA, because the higher up you go in your career, it seems, the less time you have to spend with your patients, and I do love bedside care. However, I do not regret having become a nurse.