Sigh...you are going to have to. I'm in Philly, and was a LPN for 7 years. When I first graduated, there was talk about the movement towards more BSN prepared nurses in acute care. I had to leave a Magnet accredited hospital to obtain employment...this was in 2005. Fast forward almost 8 years later, starting my first RN job Monday, BSN prepared. I worked in Rehab, Pediatric Home Health, Pediatric office nurse for Orthopedic Surgeons at a local Pediatric Hospital, Pediatric Extended Care faculty (aka "Medical Daycare") agency LTC/Rehab in my 7 years as a LPN. I've gained a lot of experience and enjoyed my career, and decided to build on it, to increase my autonomy and my scope of practice to the fullest extent as a nurse.
The Philadelphia area has dozens of hospitals ALONE with Magnet designation, which have decided to hire BSN prepared nurse either the MAJORITY of the time or ALL the time. Combine that with ADN programs not getting jobs, as well as experienced nurses continuing or returning to work, leading them to areas that LPNS have been at for years, and now we have THOUSANDS out of work, or having a difficulty finding jobs...and the trickle down effect is now affecting LPNs and new grad LPNs as well. And the 1-year requirement is making the situation more difficult.
Good Luck on your interview!! If and when you start your career, get you feet wet, then look options into going the BSN route. I graduated from LaSalle University. They are the only college in the area that has an accelerated program for LPNs to obtain a BSN...they also have an accelerated part time program that blends non-traditional, second degree, as well as LPNs. I decided on the part time program. I highly recommend the university. There are various programs that have relationships with local and state universities that give you the opportunity to obtain your BSN. So do your research, look at SEVERAL programs, and tailor your required courses to the programs. Study hard, aim high, and get that BSN...the options are unlimited, even if the economic situation is slow to recovery, there is a consistent space and demand for the BSN-prepared nurse in Philly. Feel free to keep us posted and updated!