I get it. I've been an LPN for 13 years or so now. I always wanted to go back and become an RN, but life interfered and it never happened for me. I am currently satisfied in my role. Would still like to go back but I'm getting older and not sure if it's worth it at this point. I admit if people ask me I always encourage them to just get their RN if at all possible, and BSN preferably, instead of messing around with LPN-ADN-BSN (not that there is anything wrong with being an LPN or ADN, just if they know they want to be an RN I feel like they are better off going straight for BSN).
I've heard and felt it all - Low Paid Nurse, Let's Pretend Nurse, etc. I did hard time in a SNF for many years and knew that facility and that setting backwards and forwards, and did pretty much everything (my state limits what RNs can do in SNF so much that I could pretty much do everything the RNs could). Luckily, with rare exception, I always worked with a great team and we learned from and respected each other. I've been lucky enough to work with a lot of great nurses, from LPNs and RNs, and with RNs who didn't make me feel less than.