I agree with Sour Lemons, it really depends on where you're at. In areas of satruation, RNs are having a hard time finding work, which trickles down to LPNs, however in areas of shortage, LPNs are being brought back into areas they had been taken out of. Example: when I first moved to Florida as an LPN, I couldn't get into the ED as a nurse, but they would hire me to function as a tech. I said no. As the shortage continued in my area, I saw some EDs beginning to hire LPNs in the scope of a nurse, not a tech.
As far as being an LPN, I was very happy as an LPN for a long time. Again, this changed when I moved to Florida. I began to be treated differently due to my scope of practice narrowing considerably with the move. I began to chafe at the restrictions I had when I changed states and I felt stuck since I wasn't able to work in areas I was interested in. That was the point where I decided to bridge. I am very happy I did because now I see how much I've learned and grown as a nurse, which has blasted doors open for me in the world of nursing.
Being an LPN can be just as stressful as being an RN. It really depends on the job you have, your coworkers, and your ability to handle stress in the first place. I would never tell someone not to become an LPN, but I would caution people to be sure what their area is like for LPNs, what is the scope of practice for LPNs in your area and consider whether you're ok with the restrictions you will face. Also, think about the areas you want to work in. Are these areas that LPNs *regularly* work in? Everyone can come up with a story of how XYZ LPN got a job in QRS, but it is not the norm. Then, you become an LPN to get into said area, can't get in, and are upset.
Both LPN and RN programs take commitment, so do your due diligence and make an informed decision so you won't face regret, wasted time, and wasted money.