I started out in nursing as an Aide (for 5 years) then became a LPN (for another 2 years) while going back to school for my RN. There is nothing wrong with getting your LPN first, to get your schooling started and your foot in the door somewhere. I too live in Central Ohio and while the hospitals in Columbus aren't hiring many ADN RN's the Long Term Care facilities ALWAYS will... Just remember, whatever schooling you do (should, most often) transfer toward your RN, whether it's your ADN or your BSN... I am now a RN and just started my BSN program. I have been looking for a job in a hospital but haven't landed one yet, but I do have a job. I worked in a LTC facility for a few years and now I do Home Health... So the point I am trying to make is, starting out with your LPN isn't always bad, it can actually get you some great experience; and you can always be working toward your RN.... I didn't think I could go to school either, cause I didn't have the money; but that isn't true!!! Please feel free to contact me back on here and I will be honored to help you find some resources...BEST OF LUCK, YOU CAN DO IT!!