I would say go for the RN, if you don't have real responsibilities. I went to a LPN program first before getting my RN. I had no children and was still living with my parents, I wish I would have gone straight through, probably would be a NP by now. I have been an RN for 4 years and a nurse in general for 7. Don't waste anytime. RN =more money, responsibilities, more doors opening up. Oh yeah also get a BSN vs ASN,seems that's where all employment is going.Hopefully that helps.