Depending on your area, and state of practice, there are options to be a LPN, an ADN RN, or a BSN RN.
In my state, LPNs have a wide scope of practice; they are implementing IV therapy to the point of blood products. Some states do not have that scope. LPNs are hired in sub acute rehab, LTC, LTAC, Dialysis, Clinics, specialty clinics, specific surgi centers wound care clinics, and hospitals.
As a LPN, I worked in sub acute and was IV therapy certified; I had enough hours to become wound certified; I also worked in Peds. I worked in a ton of settings and learned and enjoyed my years as a LPN; HOWEVER; I couldn't get certified in Rehab nursing or Peds because-surprise! I wasn't an RN. I worked while I returned to school; I was a LPN for 7 years.
I would like to add that ADN programs and BSN programs are pretty much the same length. It takes about 2 years to completed pre-req's/ core courses, then the program courses are 2 years; for BSN programs, they separate the research/EBP (evidenced-based practice) class and the management class; sometimes they have electives (in my program, we had Perioperative I and II as an elective) that have advisor approval or preceptorships that are a semester long with you being on a floor or in the community learning "hands-on".
When I researched my area, ADN and BSN programs were similar in structure; I had a previous Associate degree where I needed the two years of nursing courses...my school of thought was to go for the BSN...I chose the accelerated part time BSN program, so I could continue to work.
Both ADNs and BSNs both take the NCLEX-RN as well; It will be up to you: if you decide to get a graduate degree in nursing, then, go for the BSN...and honestly, it seems as because there is a saturation of nurses, they are going to BSN candidates first. In my area, new grad BSN nurses have about 18 months-2 year max to get a job; ADNs 2 years or more. It took me eight months total to get a job; it wasn't a good fit-the hospital has a horrible reputation for not being a great starting ground for new grads, and is pretty open about it; it took me another four moths to get a new job, which I'm enjoying as a unit supervisor. I saw a post on here where a poster commented that there are ADNs STILL looking in my area; and that poster stated that this person graduated almost 3 years ago.
Research which programs you can get into; If a local CC has a relationship with a university nursing program where you can get your RN, then transfer and get your BSN, then take that route if you decide to go the ADN route.