I'm doing the LPN route first then work a year and then bridge to RN. All the RN's (have a ton of family & friends who are RN's) have all said given my situation now, it sounds like the best route to take. So, no, I've had no nurse try to talk me into going right into RN. They all know the difficulty of trying to get into schools
around here and preference is given to LPN's who are going into the RN programs.
I have had those same nurses tell me that I should
get into RN school about a year or so after working as an LPN and not wait too long or I might get "comfortable" and not want to go back to school LOL.
My plan is to get through the LPN, pass the NCLEX, work a year as an LPN and take some pre-reqs for the RN program, and apply to RN school as soon as possible so I can get into my dream job of NICU.