I dont really think it matters, and not having a BSN will definately NOT keep you out of getting a job
I get 50 cents an hour more for having my BSN, which isnt much. Out of 25 new nurses that started hospital orientation with me in May, only 3 of us have bachelor's degrees. It doesnt keep you out of the job market at all
at my hospital, charge nurses, supervisors, whathaveyou, it doesnt matter on degree, just on performance and seniority.
higher positions such as administration, directors and that type of positions when vacant and posted say things like "BSN prefered", but that is not mandatory. they look at many other things when filling the postions, not just degrees