Quote from tankity
LPN. Get your RN.
I agree with tankity. I had LPN for almost 2 years first, but quickly realized that the RN/ADN was much more open for advancement, employment choices and of course higher salary. I have absolutely no regrets about going back and taking another year (in a very good commumity college program) to get my RN. I have had the RN for 12 years now. Have worked in Cardiac Stepdown, (visiting) Home Health/Hospice, Pediatric Private Duty, Agency Staffing, Hospital Case Management, and (currently) Medical Psychiatry (although I am able to float to other hospital units if I choose to). The last is for almost 5 years, and for the most part, I love it (working nights now too). My wife and I also co-own and co-manage (Administration level) 3 licensed Family Care Homes (for almost 2 years now).
Oh, and I have held middle management positions several times, but prefer not to be in that position (politics, etc.).
Good luck. Whatever you choose, you CAN do it!