Since I'm not a nurse I probably don't have a real vote in this, but I agree with that a BSN is not necessarily the first way to go. You're in your 30s. Get your ADN and start working. You can get a BSN later if you want to or have to.
As for having to have a BSN in the future tp be a nurse, I am sure that will happen. However, I have a lot of 'work experience' behind me, and what I think will happen is one of two things: Nurses who already have their ADNs and are working will be "grandfathered (or grandmothered) in." In other words, if you're already an RN, RNs with only ADNs will hardly be given their pink slips. The nursing shortage is too real and very bad. OR nurses with ADNS will be given a period of time in which to complete the BSN, say 3-5 years.
Last year the job requirements for my job changed and there became three tiers instead of just two (along with a hefty salary increase for the third level). To even apply for the job, you must have an AA degree in something (but there are so many people now who have a Bachelors Degree and who need a job that someone with only an AA degree probably wouldn't make it). Then you need four more 'points' (of which a BA/BS degree is only 2) to make the highest third level. I don't even have a AA degree until next June, but I was 'grandmothered in' to the highest third level because I've been working at this particular job for almost 20 years.
So, for all it's worth, that's my two cents.
Frankly, thanks to this board, I'm thinking about becoming an LPV/LVN first. Sounds as though it will be good training and make nursing school easier. If nothing else, I'm sure going to take a medical terminology
Stay around here, lurk, read, ask. The LPNs/RNs have a great deal of information that you're going to need before you start nursing school (or even your pre-reqs!), and they're always willing to help. I can't believe what I've learned in just two or so weeks. I can't believe how totally ignorant I was. This is a great place!