Berks County, Lehigh Valley Pa Salaries, advice on lpn vs rn

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    I'm trying to decide which route to go. I would hate to do the LPN program and when finished wish I would have just done RN. let me tell you a little bit about my situation. I am 25 years old and I was originally in school for psychology. I went to a University for 3 years until I decided I did not want to pursue that any longer and decided to go for nursing. I took about 6 months off from school and decided to move out on my own and work a little bit. I've taken out so much money in school loans so my only option for nursing school is a local community college (RACC) that I can afford. Well I've been on the waiting list for over a year and was just told I still may not be able to start yet this coming Fall of 2010. They only start the classes in the Fall time so at this point I may not be able to begin the RN program until Fall 2011. I feel I cannot wait that long. I've taken Micro and Anatomy I, and am set to start Anatomy II next week for this coming semester. I'm just frustrated at this age, making little money, have financial problems, and car problems and just want to have a job I know I will enjoy doing and still afford to make a decent living for myself. There is no waitlist for the LPN program which starts January 2011 and is completed in December 2011. OR I can start the RN program Fall 2011 and be finished that Spring 2013. That seems so far off. If I was 18 and out of highschool I wouldnt mind waiting an extra year, but at this point in my life I'm ready to just begin. I've been going back and forth on this for the past few days. I just don't know what to do. Any advice???

    Is anyone and LPN or RN in the area? I was wondering what salary differences are?
    What are the responsibility differences?
    Thanks!! I appreciate it.
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