i am completing an rn-bsn program right now. i disagree with those that said a lack of work experience will not hurt you... this will depend on the program. my program, at a state university, is designed for rns whom are currently working or whom have worked for many years. the reasons are many! for example, we are tasked to find our own experiences (clinicals, skills labs, community projects, etc.) that occur at the university, in the community, and within a hospital setting. having a job facilitates your access to resources more then not having a job. also, there are courses that are strictly theory, but we (rns) have to apply theory to real world situations such as our real world work experience. student nurses and unemployed new grads will mention clinical experiences at first, but soon run out of material.
speaking of unemployed new grads, a few started my program with me a few years back when i too just graduated. however, the unemployed ones quit the first semester. in addition, students who are traditional or accelerated that signed up for my rn-bsn courses because their courses were full, had problems too. the standards are different and higher for rns. so some non-rns in my courses either dropped early in the semester or failed by the end of the semester. the ones that passed did so complaining about the work and expectations the entire time! in fact, there was so much trouble with my classes being mixed that by my senior year my instructors no longer gave permission for non-rns to take courses in the rn-bsn classes even if the other courses were full.
therefore, talk to a nursing school
counselor of the rn-bsn program. ask him/her if he/she can give you names of instructors that teach for the rn-bsn program then talk to the professors. ask the professors if in his/her experience will it be a problem for you to have only six months of work experience several years ago and to remain unemployed while taking the core courses. i promise you that your future instructors will not sugar coat the courses like many others... they want you to succeed and have experienced students who fail. gl!