I have been undecided on whether or not an RN would be worth it for me. I have 3.5 years of experience with trach and vent patients both adults and peds. I currently live in NC where I get paid $29/hr. (I am in the process of applying to a new agency that will pay me $30 after night shift differentials are taken into account). In the past I have lived in Seattle, WA and NYC. I am on the fence about staying here in NC especially since my old job is offerring to pay more including night differentials. There are other reasons too. My current employer told me they will not pay me more should I go get my RN. And I have looked at numerous ads here in Charlotte and it seems I won't be getting paid a whole lot more should I get my RN. In some cases it seems I will take a pay cut. Being realistic here I don't think travel nursing would be an option in my future should I go on for my RN. (I have a cat and am unwilling to part with him) I know getting an RN would be a good option but at least here the wages between RNs and LPNs do not vary much. I've got to factor in repaying student loans and living expenses especially since it is just me. I really don't want to take on debt if my wage is barely going to budge. Would it be best for me to move back to the west coast or elsewhere? And what has been anyone's experience that has gone from an RN to an LPN? Thanks!