There are advantages to becoming an lpn first.
-You get lots of hands on experience outside of a clinical setting, in which helps you to decide if you even want to become an RN and take on the extra responsibility.
-If you do decide to become an RN you have an advantage to getting into school b/c you do have experience. There are also many jobs that will help a great deal with the price of school for you to bridge from lpn to RN.
- You can do LPN while you are on the RN waiting list(if there is one where you live, and there usually is)
-There are still plenty of Lpn jobs in my area, so you should do some reasearch and find out how many LPN jobs are in your area.
-And if you need to work while going to RN school most LPN jobs will allow you flexable hours while you are in school to further your education.
Def do some research in your area and weigh the pro's and con's. I have talked with many RN's who were LPN's first and say they wouldn't have done it any other way.
On the other hand I have talked to LPN's who say they regret not just going straight into RN and feel like doing the PN program first was just a waste of time.
It's all about your lifestyle and what would fit you best. It seems like most older adults do LPN first so they can work as an LPN while getting their RN. But that's not to say that younger ppl don't do it too, and it's usually b/c of the 2 plus year waiting list to even get into RN school in the first place(at least in my area).
Research, talk to nurses both LPN and RN's and then do what seems best for you... I've done a lot of this myself in the past few weeks.Good luck with whatever you decide