As I said, it is a loaded question. As a nurse in Ohio we had a union, as a nurse in S.C. we do not. But, that aside, I have a friend who has been an LPN and just got her R.N. She thought all the years she worked as an LPN should have given her more than what they offered her as an R.N. (with in the same company) They offered her no more than any new R.N. would get fresh out of school. She is so angry that she wants to leave and go elsewhere! But, most places judge you by your new license, not your old one. No matter how much responsibility we have as LPN's....it is not an R.N. It is like starting over. I worked as a CNA for 10 years before getting my LPN....should I have been paid more for being a CNA prior to being a LPN? Nope, was based on me being an LPN.