Many nursing professionals begin their careers as LVNs and later complete the requirements for an RN on the LVN/RN track. LPN provide direct care to patients in the medical setting. They usually work under the supervision of a physician or RN and perform less tasks than a registered nurse.
Becoming a Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse usually requires a one year course of study from a vocational school or junior college, so you will get to be a nurse faster. You can support yourself financially as a part-time LVN while taking RN classes.
RNs require higher levels of study: they must attend about 2 years of nursing school to obtain an Associate’s Degree while the BSN or Bachelor of Science nurse requires a 4 year degree.
If you get your BSN (a four year degree) that will help tremendously if you eventually want to go into management.